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The Biopsychosocial Model of Health and Disease

New Philosophical and Scientific Developments

Authors: Bolton, Derek, Gillett, Grant

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  • Offers a timely reworking and update of the biopsychosocial model
  • Confronts the current rapid changes to psychological science, neuroscience, healthcare, and philosophy
  •  Addresses key issues such as the model’s scientific basis, clinical utility, and philosophical coherence
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This open access book is a systematic update of the philosophical and scientific foundations of the biopsychosocial model of health, disease and healthcare. First proposed by George Engel 40 years ago, the Biopsychosocial Model is much cited in healthcare settings worldwide, but has been increasingly criticised for being vague, lacking in content, and in need of reworking in the light of recent developments. The book confronts the rapid changes to psychological science, neuroscience, healthcare, and philosophy that have occurred since the model was first proposed and addresses key issues such as the model’s scientific basis, clinical utility, and philosophical coherence. 


The authors conceptualise biology and the psychosocial as in the same ontological space, interlinked by systems of communication-based regulatory control which constitute a new kind of causation. These are distinguished from physical and chemical laws, most clearly because they can break down, thus providing the basis for difference between health and disease. This work offers an urgent update to the model’s scientific and philosophical foundations, providing a new and coherent account of causal interactions between the biological, the psychological and social.

About the authors

Derek Bolton is Professor of Philosophy and Psychopathology at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London, UK. He was awarded a double first in Moral Sciences and a PhD in Philosophy at the University of Cambridge. His subsequent professional career was in clinical psychology and he has published extensively in philosophy of psychiatry as well as basic and clinical health science.


Grant Gillett is Professor of Bioethics at the University of Otago, New Zealand. His professional career was in Neurosurgery, punctuated by a D. Phil. at Oxford University in philosophy of mind and meta-ethics. He has published extensively in neuroethics, philosophy of mind and language, philosophy of medicine (particularly psychiatry), and the philosophy of medical and social sciences. 


Table of contents (4 chapters)

Table of contents (4 chapters)
  • The Biopsychosocial Model 40 Years On

    Pages 1-43

    Bolton, Derek (et al.)

  • Biology Involves Regulatory Control of Physical–Chemical Energetic Processes

    Pages 45-75

    Bolton, Derek (et al.)

  • Psychology Regulates Activity in the Social World

    Pages 77-108

    Bolton, Derek (et al.)

  • Biopsychosocial Conditions of Health and Disease

    Pages 109-145

    Bolton, Derek (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Biopsychosocial Model of Health and Disease
Book Subtitle
New Philosophical and Scientific Developments
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-11899-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-11899-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-11898-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 149
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