Georg Ivanovas From Autism to Humanism - systems theory in medicine

2.3 The psychosomatic confusion

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c) mind as a kind of ‘soul’



Mind is often described as something coming from outside, not really belonging to the body, at best embodied. The Christian soul and other spiritual formations belong to this class. Then psychosomatics (the influence of a mind onto the soma) could be transformed into theosomatics (the influence of gods and spirits onto the health of a person). This definition of mind is rarely used in the scientific context, as it does not refer to observable mechanisms. Unexpected developments are normally classified as placebo effect. Nevertheless, many physicians take such a mind for granted.



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