Psychosomatic Medicine in Modern Greece
The teachings of Ancient Greek philosophers and physicians pertaining to the basic psychosomatic principles of psychogenesis and holism are prevalent in the perception of health and illness in Modern Greece. The Psychosomatic approach is considered as an ideology that infiltrates all aspects of not only disease but also health (Christodoulou. Psychosomatic medicine: past and future plenum. Plenum Press, New York/London, 1987).
The establishment of psychiatric departments in general hospitals has been a major step for the implementation and dissemination of this ideology.
A total of 95 public hospitals in Greece have established psychiatric and children’s psychiatric departments, operating on widely varying levels of development, efficiency and effectiveness.
In this chapter, patient care, training, research and publications on psychosomatics and consultation-liaison psychiatry are considered. The achievements and drawbacks in the practice of Psychosomatic Medicine are also discussed.
It is concluded that the future of Psychosomatic Medicine in Greece depends on the recognition and acceptance of its principles and utility by professionals, decision-makers and the public.
KeywordsPsychosomatic medicine Consultation-liaison psychiatry Psychology Greece Teaching Research History C-L Psychiatry Greece
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