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The Human Effect in Medicine: Theory, Research and Practice

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7279.179 (Published 20 January 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:179
  1. Iona Heath, general practitioner
  1. London

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    Michael Dixon, Kieran Sweeney

    Radcliffe Medical Press, £17.95, pp 176 ISBN 1 85775 369 0

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    Ever since the Enlightenment, medical science has sought to regard the human body as an object that can be analysed scientifically, and its “defects” have been treated accordingly. The subjective experience of the human mind has been marginalised and the inextricable mutual dependence of body and mind within a unique individual ignored. Only now are we rediscovering the extent to which the objective body responds to the values, aspirations, and emotions of the subjective mind. Each individual has the …

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