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The medical model is dead – long live the medical model

  • Premal Shah (a1) and Deborah Mountain (a1)

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Many people criticise, and psychiatrists apologise, for the use of the ‘medical model’. We examine what is currently meant by this term and suggest a refinement of definition to reflect the ideals and contemporary practice of medicine. We propose that psychiatrists should use the medical model to improve and validate bio-psychosocial psychiatric medicine.

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Corresponding author

Dr Premal Shah, Royal Edinburgh Hospital, Morningside Terrace, Edinburgh EH10 5HF, UK. Email: premal.shah@lpct.scot.nhs.uk

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The medical model is dead – long live the medical model

  • Premal Shah (a1) and Deborah Mountain (a1)

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