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Hitoshi Itoh

by Hajime Kazamatsuri

Hitoshi Itoh was born in Yokohama, Japan, on September 21, 1925. He received his medical degree from the Ciba University School of Medicine, in 1950. After graduation from medical school, he spent five years at the Institute of Infectious Disease Research of Tokyo University and worked for about five years in immunology and neurochemistry. Subsequently, he began with his training in psychiatry at the Keio University Hospital in Tokyo, in 1955.

Itoh was appointed associate professor of psychiatry at the Keio University School of Medicine in 1973 and became Director of the Psychopharmacology Research Group. He translated many European and American books related to neuropsychopharmacology into Japanese and wrote many papers on topics related to the field (Itoh 1981; Itoh, Ichimaru, Kawakita, Kudo, Kurihara, Satoh and Takahashi 1971; Itoh, Miura, Yagi, Sakurai, and Ohtsuka 1977 Itoh, Ohtsuka, Ogita, Yagi, Miura and Koga 1977; Itoh,, Yagi,, Fujii, Iwamura and Ischikawa 1984). He also edited several books on psychotropic drugs (Itoh & Miura 1973).

Itoh was councilor of the CINP from 1984-1988. He is regarded as one of the pioneers of clinical psychopharmacology in Japan.

Itoh died on April 30, 1985 at the age of 60. 

Itoh H. Drug-induced tardive dyskinesia. In: Essman WB, Valzelli L (editors). Current Development in Psychopharmacology. Volume 6.   Amsterdam: Springer; 1981,. pp 93-126.

Itoh H, Ichimaru S, Kawakita Y, Kudo Y, Kurihara M, Satoh Y, Takahashi R. A Clinical study for the evaluation of anxiolytic drugs. In: Advances in Neuro-Psychopharmacology, Vinar O, Votava S, Bradley (editors). North-Holland Publ. Comp., Amsterdam,  1971, pp 225-35.

Itoh H, Miura S, editors. Pychotropic Drugs - Efficacy and Side Effects. Tokyo: Igaku-Tosho-Shuppan; 1973.

Itoh H, Miura S, Yagi G, Sakurai S, Ohtsuka N. Some methodological considerations for the clinical evaluation of neuroleptics-comparative effects of clozapine and haloperidol on schizophrenics. Folia Psychiatrica et Neurologica Japonica 1977a; 31(1): 17-24.

Itoh H, Ohtsuka N, Ogita K, Yagi G, Miura S, Koga Y. Malignant neuroleptic syndrome – its present status in Japan and clinical problems. Folia Psychiatrica et Neurologica Japonica 1977b; 31(4):559-76.

Itoh H, Yagi G, Fujii Y, Iwamura K, Ichikawa K. The relationship between haloperidol blood levels and clinical responses. Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry 1984; 8(2): 285-92.


Hajime Kazamatsuri

November 20, 2014