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According to the introduction the purpose of this book is to show that medicine is not strictly an empirical discipline but implies in its practice a variety of philosophical standpoints that have consequences for treatment. In a first short round the author tries to demonstrate this idea by comparing the mechanisitic-materialistic approach in medicine, which rejects teleology, with the holistic approach, of which he considers Cleave's dietetic method an example. In a second round he goes more deeply into the philosophies of mechanistic materialism and of holism, obviously with the intent of drawing the sharpest possible contrast between these two.
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Philosophy and Medicine.. Ann Intern Med. 1970;73:870. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-73-5-870_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1970;73(5):870.
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