Mind and Body

Eric J. Cassell

in The Nature of Suffering and the Goals of Medicine

Second edition

Published in print April 2004 | ISBN: 9780195156164
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199999880 | DOI:
Mind and Body

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This chapter discusses and examines the question: how does the mind act on the body? It presents a thesis that pertains to meanings and the things people do, the former being essential to the latter. The chapter examines the concept of the mind, while considering the concept of disease to be misleading. It discusses psychosomatic medicine, how the activities of thought influence the body, the flow of meaning, coda, and the special case of preverbal children.

Keywords: thesis; meanings; things people do; mind; disease; psychosomatic medicine; activities of thought; flow of meaning; coda; preverbal children

Chapter.  12385 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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