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Open Access Editorial

Bio-psycho-social medicine is a comprehensive form of medicine bridging clinical medicine and public health

Mutsuhiro Nakao

Author Affiliations

Department of Hygiene and Public Health, Teikyo University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan

Division of Psychosomatic Medicine, Teikyo University Hospital, Tokyo, Japan

BioPsychoSocial Medicine 2010, 4:19  doi:10.1186/1751-0759-4-19

Published: 5 November 2010

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The journal, BioPsychoSocial Medicine, was launched in January 2007, and more than three and a half years have passed since the start of publication. A total of 70 articles have been published, as of August 2010, but the number of those directly discussing issues of public health or social medicine is relatively small [1-4]. Psychosomatic medicine, or biopsychosocial medicine, encompasses all aspects of the interrelationships between the biological, psychological, social, and behavioral factors of health and illness, and is not limited to mind and body connections in humans. Thus, it is meaningful that social aspects of health and illness are discussed in the current issue of this journal.