Psychiatry as Medicine: Contemporary Psychotherapies by Yehuda Fried M.D., Joseph Agassi Ph.D. (auth.)

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By Yehuda Fried M.D., Joseph Agassi Ph.D. (auth.)

PREFACE This quantity is a sequel to but self sufficient of our Paranoia: A examine in analysis, Reidel, Dordrecht and Boston, 1976. while our first e-book based on analysis, this facilities on therapy. In our first quantity, all discussions of nosology (theory of sickness) and of therapy used to be ancillary to our dialogue of prognosis; equally all dialogue of this quantity facing nosology - there's little or no on prognosis right here - is ancillary to our dialogue of psychotherapy. it's nonetheless our profoundest conviction that to talk of therapy with out prognosis is incomprehensible, if no longer irresponsible, in view that in a different way one doesn't be aware of what one is speaking approximately. accordingly, our current examine, notwithstanding it facilities on theories of remedy, hyperlinks psychotherapy with psychopathology. it's the intent of psychotherapy that's of significance, and the explanation dwells during this hyperlink. we want our current learn to be self-contained and understood by way of readers who're no longer accustomed to our first publication - or with any particular literature. Our dialogue of medication normally, which means the explanation of treatment often, is helping the uninitiated reader, in addition to the initiated, we are hoping: it definitely has helped us. We didn't see how else do we learn a department of medication; we felt the necessity for a few thought of ways drugs is meant to work.

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The reader may think it finicky to ask in an introductory historical sketchy fragment, such an exegetic question as, was Claude Bernard - or anyone else for that matter - an externalist or a generalist. Let us assure him that this question is a very general and important one. The division into generalist versus externalist in the whole of medical history, or in the most contemporary of today's medical researches, is indeed elusive and problematic. We shall have repeatedly on our hands the question, who, if anyone, is a generalist?

We do know that even much later, Hippocratists, such as Sydenham, Stahl and Boerhaave conceded to popular medicine and endorsed dubious medications and treatments. Indeed, it strikes us as odd that Sydenham who advocated the prescription of simple potions, himself prescribed very complex ones - though much simpler than common in his day. And so, it is really useless for us to cite Hippocrates unless we think the cited passage represents something peculiar to the man. We did not cite all we could, even in that direction.

He was also able to study mechanisms for the maintenance of the equilibrium in the event of disease, trying to specify the regulating mechanism of every disease and its specific level of equilibrium. Cannon began his revolutionary work while he was still a medical student. It is told that one day he saw a machine tucked away in a corner of the hospital, apparently unused. Upon being told that this was X-ray equipment, he proceeded to experiment with it, in studying the behavior of a cat. He thus observed, that a cat upon being fed, showed increased visceral activity, which coincided with a simultaneous decrease in the activity of the lungs and heart.

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