Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Robert Jack Smith

Second Advisor

Dr. William Garland

Third Advisor

Dr. Robert Maher

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


Medical systems, just as other social institutions, are not stable and, thus, are subject to change. This essay is an analysis of the socio-cultural transformation of Japanese medical systems in general, and of the "health care system" of the cosmopolitan medical system in particular. No medical system is able to provide problem free medical care to any given population. Thus, the current health issues and changes in health seeking/enhancing behavior in contemporary Japan is examined as the reflection of the maladaptive nature of cosmopolitan medicine to its environment.