Genetic nosology

Bill (KWM) Fulford, Katherine Morris, John Z Sadler and Giovanni Stanghellini

in Values and Psychiatric Diagnosis

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Published in print October 2004 | ISBN: 9780198526377
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754357 | DOI:

Series: International Perspectives in Philosophy & Psychiatry

Genetic nosology

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One might be able to see, on the face of it, how gender, scientific, or professional values might contribute to a mental disorder classification, or even how one conceives of ‘human nature’ as being important to one’s diagnostic concepts and taxonomic assumptions. But how, one might equally ask, do ‘values’ around genetics contribute to the DSM? It seems a strange question, and indeed it is, although perhaps not for the reasons one might expect.

Have the concepts or values involved with psychiatric or behavioral genetics significantly influenced the development of DSMs or ICDs? The short answer would be ‘no,’ 1 but the relationship between mental disorder classification and psychiatric genetic research is a fascinating one — one fully relevant to a discussion in this book, for three reasons. The first might be to illustrate powerfully, through revealing comparisons, just what the ‘values’ of each endeavor are. A second reason might be that such comparisons raise important valuequestions for the future of mental disorder classification, and perhaps even how mental disorders are conceived. A third is that the conceptual issues in psychiatric genetic nosology might be representative of issues that any abstract, technologically developed, and theoretically committed science might bring to clinical classifications. Hopefully this chapter will at least touch upon each of these discussions.

Chapter.  15799 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry

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