Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry

, Volume 40, Issue 2, pp 289–298 | Cite as

The Biopsychosocial Model: “Reports of My Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated”

  • H. Russell SearightEmail author
Review Essay

In 1952, The British psychologist, H. J. Eysenck published a landmark study essentially concluding that psychotherapy was ineffective. Coincidently, at the time that Eysenck announced his findings, the number of psychologists providing psychotherapy was increasing dramatically (Norcross et al. 2011). Eysenck’s (1952) study was an obvious threat to a rapidly growing profession. The next 25 years were characterized by multiple studies refuting Eysenck’s claim culminating in one of the earliest published meta-analyses which concluded that the average person receiving psychotherapy was better off than 75 % of untreated individuals (Smith and Glass 1977)

To date, The Rise and Fall of the Biopsychosocial Model has not incited a scholarly response comparable to that provoked by Eysenck. However, in the 5 years since the book appeared, Ghamei’s (2010) work has been widely cited by both advocates and critics of the biopsychosocial (BPS) model. As the book’s title suggests, Ghaemi devotes over...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Lake Superior State UniversitySault Sainte MarieUSA

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