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R. S. Downie, K. C. Calman, Ruth A. K. Schröck, and Malcolm Macnaughton

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780192624086

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192624086.001.0001

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Alternative Views of Human Nature

Alternative Views of Human Nature

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(p.105) Chapter 8 ALTERNATIVE VIEWS OF HUMAN NATURE
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Healthy Respect
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R. S. Downie

K. C. Calman

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192624086.003.0009

Human beings can be looked at in many different ways, or there can be different ‘models’ of human nature. The ‘biomedical model’ is the most common in health care, but other models can be found such as those suggested by psychoanalysis, existentialism, Zen Buddhism, Marxism, the Judaeo-Christian tradition, and Islam. These ‘models’ and their relevance to health care are discussed.

Keywords:   biomedical model, psychoanalytical model, existentialist model, Buddhism, Marxism, Judaeo-Christianity, Islam

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