Psychosocial determinants of health and illness: integrating mind, body, and spirit.

@article{Astin2004PsychosocialDO,
  title={Psychosocial determinants of health and illness: integrating mind, body, and spirit.},
  author={John A. Astin and Kelly Forys},
  journal={Advances in mind-body medicine},
  year={2004},
  volume={20 4},
  pages={14-21}
}
Presented in this paper is a review of some of the evidence linking psychosocial factors to a variety of health outcomes. Drawing upon the work of the philosopher Ken Wilber, we begin with a consideration of some of the historic roots of the mind-body split. As will be seen, Wilber argues that in the premodern era, "mind" and "body" were essentially fused (ie, thought of as not separate); with the dawn in the West of the Enlightenment and the emergence and subsequent dominance of the empiric… CONTINUE READING

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