In August 2009 I opened a new internal medicine and psychosomatic medicine practice in the medical corner of the Chunichi building, in downtown Sakae, Nagoya City. I have been working as a general physician since 1985 except for seven years when I taught general medicine, medical philosophy, and the pathology of medically impaired children at a welfare college. After my wife passed away in June 2009, I decided to devote the rest of my life to supporting those who have medical and psychological problems I can address.
While contemporary medicine continues to benefit from remarkable technological development, the fast-pace of change in knowledge and practice is beyond most people’s capacity to absorb. And our integrated mind-body is effectively fragmented or disconnected by the subsections of medical fields.
However, our individual body-mind integration is not the only potential casualty; our whole embodied being in family, community, and broader social settings is profoundly impacted by both public and private circumstances. Factors such as psychological and environmental stresses, the tensions of human relationships both at work and at home, as well as the demands of social obligations, must be considered as integral to the biological body’s medical problems, or “diseases.” Besides, no disease can be set aside as simply a temporary malfunction of a particular part of our body for it will influence daily life. And while the experience of living with disease may offer unique insight into our individual human capacity for living, the symptoms are unlikely to be pleasant ? which is of course why we go to doctors: to rid ourselves of discomfort or pain.
Individual differences in how we view a medical problem are also significant. For some people it may be a matter of considerable discomfort, and an expensive waste of time ? something to be swiftly addressed and forgotten. For others that same issue is threatening and hugely disruptive of life. And for yet others, it may provide an unlooked for chance to review their lifestyle, and reconsider values.
From my years of practice I would venture that any illness is best considered from different perspectives but also as a call to learn new skills in maintaining both mental and physical well-being.
In my clinic, I approach my patients as whole beings and their illnesses in relation to their respective lifestyles and values for I believe that conventional “paternalistic” medical practices are not necessarily in the best interests of my patients. Rather, I know that collaboration between doctors and patients leads to safer choices and mutual growth in understanding of physical and spiritual health. Eventually, I would like to believe, it will lead to a healthier and happier world.
I see medicine as not only helping us to maintain our health but our bonds with each other and with God’s wonderful network in this universe.
Naturally, I wish all who visit this website continual health and happiness. But if you find yourself experiencing possible medical problems and would like to come to talk about them, please do not hesitate to visit, or to make an appointment.
Home Page:http://www. hatano-mc.com/
Tel. Fax: 052-253-7370
Address: Chunichi Bldg. 4th floor, Sakae 4-1-1 Naka-ku, Nagoya 460-0008
Office hours: 10:00-13:00 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
14:00-18:00 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday
Office will be closed on Sundays, National Holidays, Wednesdays, .and Saturday Afternoon.