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General Living Systems Theory

  • James Grier Miller

Abstract

An increasing number of psychiatrists recognize the need of psychiatry for an integrative theory to provide a basis for their diagnostic and therapeutic actions. General living systems theory is a conceptual framework within which the biological and social approaches to the study of living things are logically integrated with the physical sciences. This theoretical integration and the empirical testing of hypotheses which it requires, can provide to psychiatry the theoretical and empirical support that other medical specialties find in cellular biology, physiology, and biochemistry.

Keywords

Living System Adjustment Process Social Approach Environment Substance Complex Molecular Structure 
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    J. G. Miller and J. L. Miller, General living systems theory, in: “Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry,” editions II, III, and IV, H. I. Kaplan, A. M. Freedman, and B. J. Sadock, eds., Williams and Wilkins, Baltimore (1975, 1980, in press).Google Scholar
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    J. G. Miller and J. L. Miller, General living systems theory and small groups, in: “Comprehensive Group Psychotherapy,” H. I. Kaplan and B. J. Sadock, eds., Williams and Wilkins, Baltimore (1983).Google Scholar

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • James Grier Miller
    • 1
  1. 1.Neuropsychiatric InstituteUniversity of California at Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA

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