Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry: A Dialogue

  • Joseph Brady
Part of the NATO Conference Series book series (NATOCS, volume 19)


The current lively interest in the relationship between behavioral interactions and virtually all aspects of health and disease reflects the strong empirical and conceptual influence of experimental laboratory science. The historical roots of an extensive and expanding research literature in this behavioral medicine field can be traced to the early studies of Pavlov and Sherrington, before the turn of the century, whose work focused upon the central role of behavioral interactions in the physiological adaptations and adjustments of the internal environment (Pavlov, 1927, 1928; Sherrington, 1906). Of at least as great import, however, was the foundation provided by these early investigations, as well as by those of Beckterev (1932) in the Soviet Union and Thorndike (1898) in the United States, for conceptualizing the behavioral interactions between organism and environment within the framework of an orderly and systematic body of scientific knowledge based upon observation and experiment.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joseph Brady
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  1. 1.Johns Hopkins University School of MedicineBaltimoreUSA

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