Author: Virgil Seutter
Date: October 8, 1997
2.0 Holism: An Anthropological Concept Applied to Medicine
2.1. The origins of holistic thinking lie somewhere in
cultural development as a species. The contextual application of classical
holism to medicine is not a new concept. The Greek philosophers observed
this relationship between man and his environment.
upon a spiritual holism, one that maintains a perspective relationship between
body and mind, is an often quoted reference supporting the holistic notion.
But even this reference may be antedated by the ancient
medical philosophy in observance that "Man stands between Heaven and
Earth." The dualistic nature of man is never far removed from the mythical
nature of man as an entity.
2.2. Joseph Campbell has observed
this well in Bill Moyer's "The Power of Myth" when he states a principle
theme of classic mythology: "The secret cause of all suffering..." "...is
mortality itself, which is the prime condition of life. It cannot be denied
if life is to be affirmed."(2.2a) Perhaps this
isn't too far removed from the reality of nature and the conflict between
health and disease. It is the fact that mortality is an emergent phenomenon,
one that is dependent upon "intent and design
2.3. How we observe health and disease would appear more than just the
examination of a biological specimen. The underlying "intent and design"
of the organism somehow has not been considered in the nature of mortality
as a transient phase of existence. The struggle between health and disease
may be no more than the conflict between intent and design as an information
process rather than one that fits a biodegradable nature as a biological
specimen. How we view information as a motivational construct may depend
upon how we understand the relationship between intent and design (as a
mobilizing force) in the role of biological plasticity.
HOW TO CITE THIS
Seutter, V. "Commentary: Holism, Alternative Medicine, and Why
Chiropractic Embraces It. Holism: An Anthropological Concept Applied
to Medicine" Chiropractic Resource Organization. 8 Oct 1997. ChiroZine
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