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What is the biomedical model of illness and health?

William B. Salt II., MD
Gastroenterology
The biomedical model has governed the thinking of most health practitioners for the past 300 years. It holds that all illness can be explained biologically and assumes that psychological and social processes are independent of the disease process. The biomedical model emphasizes a mind-body dualism in which the mind and the body function as separate entities. In this model, the treatment of illness is emphasized over the promotion of health and health is viewed as the absence of disease.
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