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Organs, Organisms and Disease: Human Ontology and Medical Practice

  • Marx W. Wartofsky
Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 1)

Abstract

At the end of his fine essay, “The Diseases of Civilization,” René Dubos writes

The disorders of the body and the mind are to a very large extent the consequences of inadequate responses to the environment. They involve not only a particular organ but the organism as a whole. For this reason, the practice of medicine demands of the physician a holistic attitude that goes beyond that of the experimental scientist.1

Keywords

Medical Practice Community Health Center Institutional Form Childbed Fever Holistic Attitude 
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Notes

  1. 2.
    George Rosen, “Medicine as a Function of Society,” Mainstreams of Medicine, ed. by Lester S. King ( Austin and London: University of Texas Press, 1971 ), pp. 26–38.Google Scholar

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© D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht, Holland 1975

Authors and Affiliations

  • Marx W. Wartofsky
    • 1
  1. 1.Boston UniversityBostonUSA

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