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September 1969

General System Theory: Developments and Perspectives for Medicine and Psychiatry

Author Affiliations

New Haven, Conn
From the Child Study Center, Yale University, New Haven, Conn. Dr. Meir is on leave of absence from the Tel Aviv University, Medical School, Departmant of Psychiatry, Israel.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1969;21(3):302-310. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1969.01740210046006

In Search for a Unified Theory for the Study of Mankind  In our times, with the tremendous increase of knowledge and scientific information to a point of "near explosion," with the constant proliferation of new disciplines and subdisciplines in almost every field of science (medicine included), there is an increasingly urgent need and plea for a general and all-embracing approach in the sciences of man: an approach which will include the biological and emotional as well as the social, economic, and cultural aspects of life; an approach which will include old truths of biology and psychology as well as newly gained data from younger fields such as modern anthropology, sociology, ethology, linguistics, and cybernetics; an approach which will not overlook the wealth of Knowledge available through highly differentiated, multidimensional science—yet still allow a "monistic," practical, and realistic orientation toward the individual, with his typical characteristics

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