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systems theory

a holistic medical concept in which the human patient is viewed as an integrated complex of open systems rather than as semiindependent parts. The health care approach in this theory requires the incorporation of family, community, and cultural factors as influences to be considered in the diagnosis and treatment of the patient.
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It arises from the misconception that any reduction-oriented approach is opposed to the very basis of holistic general systems theory.
Most are found in the domain of systems analysis, few in systems theory, and very few in the domain of general systems theory.
Overall, it is a good case study of the potential for fruitful interactions between an established discipline and general systems theory.
Jain Structural analyses of general systems theory.
The second paper is by Reto Felix, who makes an important contribution to research and practice by advancing a taxonomy of management systems based on a critical review of existing theories in Systems Control, Cybernetics and General Systems Theory.
Toward a science of synthesis: the heritage of general systems theory.
The changing conference themes over the years did not constrain my research to a narrow understanding of general systems theory.

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