JAMES GAGNE, M.D.; MELVYN R. WERBACH, M.D.; DAVID E. BRESLER, PH.D.
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To the editor: "Major Trends in Psychosomatic Medicine" by Drs. Leigh and Reiser in the August issue (Ann Intern Med 87:233-239, 1977) is an important review of the benefits that may result from a more inclusive view of the patient and of the illness process. We, too, have been impressed by the depth and usefulness of a holistic systems model of illness that includes interacting constitutional, developmental, environmental, and interpersonal factors. We attribute much of our success in our specialty, chronic pain control, to developing as broad an understanding as possible of each patient's problem through use of a holistic
GAGNE J, WERBACH MR, BRESLER DE. Holistic Care. Ann Intern Med. ;88:271. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-88-2-271_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1978;88(2):271.
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