Psychosomatic Approach and the Greek Health Services

  • C. S. Ierodiakonou
Conference paper


The psychosomatic approach has greatly suffered in the Greek Health Services primarily because of the organic orientation of medical education. A bio-psycho-social, holistic handling of the patient has not been taught effectively to new doctors, because Psychiatry itself had remained until recently bound to the roots of a purely biological specialty, Neurology. The existence of a combined specialty until 1980, Neurology and Psychiatry, has worked against the development of Psychiatry as a self-sufficient and autonomous entity and against its growth which could influence other specialties and could transmit to them the proper psychosomatic approach.


Psychiatric Service National Health System Mobile Unit Medical Psychology Autonomous Entity 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • C. S. Ierodiakonou
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of ThessalonikiGreece

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