The British Journal of Psychiatry
The rise and fall of the biopsychosocial model
S. Nassir Ghaemi

Abstract

The biopsychosocial model is the conceptual status quo of contemporary psychiatry. Although it has played an important role in combatting psychiatric dogmatism, it has devolved into mere eclecticism. Other non-reductionistic approaches to medicine and psychiatry such as William Osler’s medical humanism or Karl Jaspers’ method-based psychiatry should be reconsidered.

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