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Mind and brain: Building bridges between neurology, psychiatry, and psychology 

Mind and brain: Building bridges between neurology, psychiatry, and psychology
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Mind and brain: Building bridges between neurology, psychiatry, and psychology
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Adam Zeman

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10.1093/med/9780198746690.003.0568
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date: 07 March 2021

Medicine is traditionally regarded as concerning itself with disorders of the body while psychiatry concerns itself with disorders of the mind—and ‘never the twain shall meet’. But both everyday clinical experience and our growing understanding of the physical basis of mind challenge this view. Patients are always a compound of body and mind; discoveries relating to the mechanisms, phylogeny, ontogeny, and functions of the central nervous system are gradually traversing the mind-body and mind-brain divides. We should take a bio-psycho-social approach in every clinical encounter and seek theories that explain the emergence of mind from life much as life emerges from matter.

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