volume 74, issue 3, P221-225 2005
DOI: 10.5025/hansen.74.221
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Abstract: In recent years, the total patient population of Hansen's disease has been rapid declining throughout Japan by as many as 200 - 250 each year. This decline is due to the aging of existing patients, and scarcity of new cases. Less patients are a welcome phenomenon. However, existing treatment facilities are now confronted with problems. The most serious problem is shortage of treating physicians. The causes of the shortage are (1) the aging of the existing patient population that creates mounting need for medic…

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