© Heather Stewart 2015
This paper looks at how the practice of health care tends to follow a dualistic system of thought, seeing the mind and body as distinct. Approaching patients in this way leads to a failure to understand them in a unified and holistic way, often leaving patients feeling less than “healed” and often facing “crises” that go beyond their physiological illness or ailment. This paper critiques this dualistic trend in medicine and looks at some of the ways in which this divide might be bridged through the inclusion of practices being developed by the emerging field of Medical Humanities.
Stewart, Heather (2015) "Dissolving Dualism in Medicine: Reuniting the Body and Mind through Patient Narratives," Res Cogitans: Vol. 6: Iss. 1, Article 15. http:dx.doi.org/10.7710/2155-4838.1132