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Alternative Views of Human Nature

R. S. Downie and K. C. Calman

in Healthy Respect

Second edition

Published in print May 1994 | ISBN: 9780192624086
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191723728 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192624086.003.0009
Alternative Views of Human Nature

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Human beings can be looked at in many different ways, or there can be different ‘models’ of human nature. The ‘biomedical model’ is the most common in health care, but other models can be found such as those suggested by psychoanalysis, existentialism, Zen Buddhism, Marxism, the Judaeo-Christian tradition, and Islam. These ‘models’ and their relevance to health care are discussed.

Keywords: biomedical model; psychoanalytical model; existentialist model; Buddhism; Marxism; Judaeo-Christianity; Islam

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Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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