ROY W. MENNINGER, M.D.
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The inability of physicians, psychiatrists included, to practice a genuinely holistic medicine that integrates knowledge of the body, the mind, and the environment is striking. Psychiatrists, for example, tend to adhere to one or another of the various ideologies in their field and to ignore the others; in spite of advances in neurochemistry and genetics, these disciplines often get little attention from psychiatric practitioners or training programs. Nonpsychiatrist physicians mainly interested in disease or dysfunction of a particular organ-system ignore the unaffected systems and the psyche. The value of good health and its maintenance is stated again and again, yet
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MENNINGER RW. Psychiatry 1976: Time for a Holistic Medicine. Ann Intern Med. 1976;84:603–604. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-84-5-603
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1976;84(5):603-604.
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