The Biopsychosocial Model Of Health And Disease: New Philosophical And Scientific Developments by Derek BoltonThe Biopsychosocial Model Of Health And Disease: New Philosophical And Scientific Developments by Derek Bolton

The Biopsychosocial Model Of Health And Disease: New Philosophical And Scientific Developments

byDerek Bolton, Grant Gillett

Hardcover | April 8, 2019

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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.

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 ...
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Title:The Biopsychosocial Model Of Health And Disease: New Philosophical And Scientific DevelopmentsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:149 pagesPublished:April 8, 2019Publisher:Palgrave Pivot USLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3030118983

ISBN - 13:9783030118983

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Table of Contents

Part I.  The biopsychosocial model: a diagnostic assessment.- Ch. 1. Much invoked - but deeply flawed?.- Ch.2. Locating the scientific and clinical content.- Ch. 3 The core theory problem: biopsychosocial causal interactions.- Ch. 4 The first step: updating the biomedical model.- Part II. Core non-reductionist concepts in biology and biomedicine.- Ch.5 Biology.- Ch.6 Physicalism.- Part III. Biology opens up to the BioPsychoSocial.- Ch.7  The Biomedical Model opens up to the Biopsychosocial.- Ch.8 The Psychological as Agency.- Ch.9 Conditions of Agency.- Ch.10 The socio-political : who gets to control what?.- Ch.11 Biopsychosocial systems.- Part IV. Biopsychosocial conditions of health and disease.- Chapter 12. Conditions of biological, psychological and social life.- Chapter 13. Biopsychosocial conceptualisation of health conditions.- Chapter 14. Locating causes in biopsychosocial systems.- Chapter 15. Compare and contrast physical and mental health conditions.- Ch.16 Locating the Biopsychosocial Model.