Biomedical models and healthcare systemsBMJ 2005; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7488.419-b (Published 17 February 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:419
Tangible pathology has great validity
- Peter Davies, general practitioner (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Shelf Surgery, Halifax HX3 7PQ
EDITOR—Like Wade and Halligan,1 I think that current medical thinking about illness has serious limitations, which leads to problems for doctors and patients and helps administrators with diagnosis and certification.2 3 The traditional medical model is based on a direct link between lesion and symptom. Medical teaching rightly emphasises the processes linking symptoms with lesions.
Four groups of patients …