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BMJ. 2007 September 15; 335(7619): 564.
PMCID: PMC1976483

The whole

The cure of many diseases is unknown to the physicians of Hellas, because they are ignorant of the whole, which ought to be studied also; for the part can never be well unless the whole is well . . . this is the great error of our day in the treatment of the human body, that the physicians separate the soul from the body.

Plato (Greek philosopher, c427–347 bc)


Submitted by Nageena Hussain, senior house officer in anaesthetics, Heart of England NHS Trust

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