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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.
Philosophy and Medicine.. Ann Intern Med. 1970;73:870. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-73-5-870_1
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