Psychiatry and the concept of disease as pathology

Dominic Murphy

in Psychiatry as Cognitive Neuroscience

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Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9780199238033
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754562 | DOI:

Series: International Perspectives in Philosophy & Psychiatry

Psychiatry and the concept of disease as pathology

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I argue that contemporary biological psychiatry is moving away from the concept of disease as natural history towards the concept of disease as a destructive physical process underlying signs and symptoms. This lets us see psychiatric explanations as sharing features with other biomedical explanations and also with forms of theoretical justification derived from model organisms.

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Subjects: Psychiatry ; Clinical Neuroscience

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