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Altruism and HealthPerspectives from Empirical Research$
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Stephen G. Post

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195182910

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182910.001.0001

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Altruistic Love, Resiliency, Health, and the Role of Medicine

Altruistic Love, Resiliency, Health, and the Role of Medicine

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Altruism and Health

Gregory Fricchione

Oxford University Press

This chapter reflects on the relationships between attachment, resiliency, altruism, and health within the background of brain evolution and allostasis. It begins by discussing the disconnected relationships between doctors and patients that have arisen in our culture due to our preoccupation with evidence-based medicine and the doctor's disregard of the important psychological and social concerns that accompany human disease. It uses the separation-attachment dialectic to advocate an attachment solution to this separation challenge in which the doctor and patient are reconnected through the healing power of compassionate love. The chapter concludes by advocating resiliency-building techniques to prevent disease and to encourage altruistic behaviour in the human population.

Keywords:   attachment, resiliency, altruism, health, brain evolution, allostasis

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