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Biomedical models and healthcare systems

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 17 February 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:419

Developmental perspective may elucidate argument

  1. Simon R Wilkinson, child and adolescent psychiatrist (
  1. Sogn Centre for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 0319 Oslo, Norway

    EDITOR—Wade and Halligan asked whether biomedical models of illness make for good healthcare systems.1 Alternative understanding of signs and symptoms can make for better healthcare systems. Signs relate to disease, symptoms to illness experience. Adapting Tinbergen's ethological quest for understanding behaviour to understanding illness behaviour points to four questions: …

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