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The Biomedical Model of Health
The biomedical model of health

The medical, or as it has more properly become known, the ‘biomedical’ or ‘scientific’ model, draws upon biochemical explanations of ill health as the basis for treatment and intervention, as opposed to the focus of other forms of non-allopathic medicine (see Alternative or complementary medicine).

Many sociologists and others have for sometime argued that despite the undoubted achievements of biomedical interventions in the management of particular forms of illness (but also see Medicalization), and the very real effects of biological mechanisms in illness, the practice of biomedicine remains rooted in a knowledge base that is not as empirically-bound as biomedical scientists would have us believe. However, to the extent that biomedical knowledge is concerned to categorize and ...

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