Changing The Definition of The Kilogram: Insights For Psychiatric Disease Classification

Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology 26 (4):97-108 (2019)
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In psychiatry, many scientists desire to move from a classification system based on symptoms toward a system based on biological causes. The idea is that psychiatric diseases should be redefined such that each disease would be associated with specific biological causes. This desire is intelligible because causal disease models often facilitate understanding and identification of new ways to intervene in disease processes. In its attempt to move from syndromal to specific etiological definitions, psychiatry follows the trend of general medicine.Current psychiatric...



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Jan-Willem Romeijn
University of Groningen
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Virginia Commonwealth University

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