Academic journal article Alcoholism and Psychiatry Research

Person Centered Psychiatry

Academic journal article Alcoholism and Psychiatry Research

Person Centered Psychiatry

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Title: Person Centered Psychiatry Editors: Juan Mezzich, Michel Botbol, George Christodoulou, C. Robert Cloninger, Ihsan Salloum ISBN: 978-3-319-39722-1 eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-39724-5 DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-39724-5 Publisher: Springer International Publishing Number of pages: XV, 569

From the beginning of the new millennium we are witnessing a slow but steady increase of public and also professional interest in person centered medicine. In those terms, psychiatry is not an exception, but its interest in this field is quite special compared to other medical fields. Ever since Descartes there has been a widening gap in conceptualizing mind and matter, body and soul. Nowadays it is becoming more and more apparent that such a viewpoint is not able to provide us with all the answers we seek nor grasp the complexity of human psyche. In other words, focusing on a small part of human anatomy, an isolated symptom, or even a syndrome inevitably returns us to our starting point. Sharp delineation between physical and psychical thus becomes increasingly difficult. And although some other books and authors have dealt with these issues a comprehensive overview and a central resource of sorts in this field was still lacking. …

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