The biomedical model
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... The biomedical model of medicine is the current, dominant model used by physicians in the diagnosis of disease. This model mainly focuses on the physical processes, such as the pathology, the biochemistry and the physiology of a disease.
The biomedical model of illness combines several closely related sets of beliefs, which can be summarised as follows: (Wade D, Halligan P, 2004.)
1. All illness, symptoms and signs are due to an underlying abnormality in the body, which is called disease.
2. Eventually, all diseases give rise to symptoms, “and although other factors may influence the consequences of the disease, they are not related to its development or manifestations.” (Wade D, Halligan P, 200...