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Principles of Holistic Psychiatry


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Introduction: Holistic psychiatry. All you need to know to help heal your patient; Sometimes you need to stop what you usually do; Two different medical systems; A critical analysis of Cochrane meta-analyses of the therapeutic value of anti-psychotic drugs; Is the randomised clinical trial (RCT) really the gold standard?; Is the biochemical hypothesis for the etiology of the mental diseases substantiated?; Use of coercive persuasion ("brainwashing", "mind control") in psychiatry from an ethical point of view; The therapeutic value of anti-psychotic drugs used in Denmark; What is clinical holistic medicine?; How does antipsychotic drugs & non-drug therapy effect quality-adjusted life-years (QALY) in persons with borderline & psychotic mental illness?; Use & limitations of the biomedical paradigm; When biomedicine is inadequate; Index.

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Joav Merrick, MD, MMedSci, DMSc, born and educated in Denmark is professor of pediatrics, child health and human development, Division of Pediatrics, Hadassah Hebrew University Medical Center, Mt Scopus Campus, Jerusalem, Israel and Kentucky Childrens Hospital, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky United States and professor of public health at the Center for Healthy Development, School of Public Health, Georgia State University, Atlanta, United States, the medical director of the Health Services, Division for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services, Jerusalem, the founder and director of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Israel.

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