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Introduction: Holism against Reductionism (2016)

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In its relationship with society, contemporary medicine is beset by a deep tension. It is an old tension and familiar to all those who work in and study medicine. It has long been observed, for example, that the instrumental stance of scientific medicine can entail a loss of consideration for the person of the patient.¹ The ideal-type of the biomedical physician is a kind of applied scientist, guided by objective diagnostic criteria and deploying an armament of specific technical interventions against nature’s “real” diseases. Taking this role involves a depersonalization, a setting aside of the emotional and moral aspects of...

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Authors & Contributors
Davis, Joseph E.
Eamon, William C.
Bates, Alan W.
Shanahan, Fergus
Quigley, Eamonn M. M.
Kwiecinski, Jakub
Journals
Perspectives in Biology and Medicine
Medizin, Gesellschaft, und Geschichte
Acta Histriae
Medicina Historica
European Journal for the History of Medicine and Health
Bulletin of the History of Medicine
Publishers
Sussex Academic Press
Septentrion
Michigan State Univeristy
Routledge
Schöningh
New York University Press
Concepts
Medicine and culture
Physicians; doctors
Medicine
Disease and diseases
Biomedicine
Holism
People
Knox, Robert
Proust, Marcel
Joyce, James
Time Periods
19th century
20th century
21st century
17th century
18th century
16th century
Places
Great Britain
Egypt
Nuremberg (Germany)
Québec (Canada)
India
Kerala (India)
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