Family medicine can be considered a bridge between scientific knowledge and the world of everyday living; the family physician must be able to cross that bridge in both directions. Although medical curricula traditionally have taught basic sciences which are then applied to pigeon-holed clinical phenomena, only recently has the discipline of family medicine integrated this vast fund of knowledge into the lives of people. In order to have a solid basis for understanding the many interactions of concern to family physicians, it is necessary to build a firm groundwork about individuals. This chapter will take a hard, though brief, look at some concepts useful in spanning the void between academic objectivity and existential reality.
KeywordsFamily Physician World View Developmental Event Developmental Task Life Phase
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