Introduction: The Blind-spot in Medicine

  • Patrick M. WhiteheadEmail author


An introduction to the blind-spot in medicine: human existence is systematically left out of healthcare. Two stories are told that introduce this blind-spot. The first is that of Kurt Goldstein, the World War I German neuropsychiatrist who describes a crisis in modern medicine. The second is that of Médard Boss, a World War II Swiss neuropsychiatrist who finds that medicine has trained him poorly to treat problems of meaning and existence. Time is spent differentiating existential health psychology from health psychology and complementary or alternative medical models.


Kurt Goldstein Médard Boss Martin Heidegger Modern medicine Health psychology 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Sociology and PsychologyAlbany State UniversityAlbanyUSA

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