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Books, Journals, New Media
January 28, 2004

Biopsychosocial

Author Affiliations
 

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.

JAMA. 2004;291(4):500. doi:10.1001/jama.291.4.500-a

The biopsychosocial approach first emerged over three decades ago as an attempt to bridge the mind-body dichotomy. That dichotomy had complicated medicine's understanding of how mind and emotion affect the body, medical illness, and medical practice and caused tension in the field of psychiatry, where the dominant post–World War II psychoanalytic paradigm had little applicability to the 1960s community psychiatry–deinstitutionalization movement and the 1970s revolution in psychopharmacology.

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