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Medicine’s Way of Thinking Prevents Progress in Psychiatry

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In a previous post, you heard how Rene Descartes and other Enlightenment philosophers split the mind and its mental operations from the body, leaving medicine with an almost exclusive focus on the physical body and its diseases.

Beneficial as this was to modern medicine, an unintended consequence was leaving mental health issues behind. Evidence for this is failure to train primary care and other medical physicians in mental health care even though they provide 85% of it.

In another post, I reviewed that, if modern medicine is to progress, it must adopt the same systems thinking other sciences have already deployed.

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