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Despite general acceptance of the bio-psycho-social model by contemporary clinicians, a unifying theory for understanding human behavior that is practical, effective, and that can be mastered by primary care physicians has been missing from everyday medical practice. Family systems medicine is a conceptual model based on the premise that the behaviors that modify our patient's experience of health and illness are shaped by and take place in the context of the family. These authors believe that this model can be the foundation of a coherent approach to behavioral sciences for general medicine.
In previous works, the authors have played an
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Families and Health. Ann Intern Med. 1988;109:931. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-109-11-931_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1988;109(11):931.
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