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Holism and reductionism: a view from genetics

Holism and reductionism: a view from genetics

Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 6(2): 145-163

The terms "holism" and "reductionism" are often used loosely - especially in medical contexts. In an attempt to remedy this, these terms are explored from the standpoints of: philosophy of science, medicine, genetics, history of genetics and clinical genetics. A sense for "reductionism" is developed in part by focusing on the related histories of classical genetics and clinical genetics. This done, the dichotomy between holism and reductionism, whether in basic genetics or the genetic counseling situation, loses much of its force.

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DOI: 10.1093/jmp/6.2.145

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