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Spirituality and the Healthy Mind: Science, Therapy, and the Need for Personal Meaning

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7540.555 (Published 02 March 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:555
  1. Paul Foster, consultant psychiatrist (pm.foster@virgin.net),
  2. Marc Galanter
  1. Barnet psychiatric unit

    Marc Galanter, a New York based professor of psychiatry specialising in alcohol dependency and drug use, defines spirituality as the individual search for existential and transcendental meaning. Spirituality has spawned a diverse counterculture in alternative medicine, meditation, and personal growth movements. Galanter contrasts this with contemporary Western psychiatry with its emphasis on managed care. His book, which has a humane yet balanced perspective, is about how these models and approaches can …

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