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the theory that all phenomena are the result of antecedent conditions, nothing occurs by chance, and there is no free will.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.


The proposition that all behavior is caused exclusively by genetic and environmental influences with no random components, and independent of free will.
[L. determino, to limit, fr. terminus, boundary + -ism]
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The proposition that all behavior is caused exclusively by genetic and environmental influences with no random components, and independent of free will.
[L. determino, to limit, fr. terminus, boundary + -ism]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

Patient discussion about determinism

Q. Is it effective to determine the problem? How is the diagnosis of ectopic pregnancy done and is it effective to determine the problem?

A. actually it will come with three common symptoms such as : positive pregnancy, abdominal pain or cramp, and bleeding. if you're happened to feel one of those symptoms, i'll suggest you to go see your ob-gyn specialist, then the doctor will do the physical examination on you, and will confirm the diagnosis with ultrasound.

Q. In which month of pregnancy it's possible to determine gender of the fetus?

A. following marin's question - is there a difference when it comes to twins?

Q. how do i determine what is the right weight i need to be? i know there is a way to calculate it, an equation , what are the parameters in it ?

A. I don't mean to burst any bubbles, but BMI is definitely not a good way to determine what weight you should be. If you considered that a body builder or a professional athlete is considered obese under BMI standards then you would know what I mean. Here is an article about it I found on Medical News Today:

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Another important argument of the determinist perspective is that human society is understood as developing first from the primal division between the sexes, with the inevitable attraction between male and female then becoming an impetus for creation of society.
As far as the physical, inanimate world is concerned, the determinist position has been seriously challenged by the discovery of indeterminacy at the level of subatomic particles.
It is common practice for determinists, when providing examples of human choices, to use these types of examples.
In the view of hard determinists, if we are not responsible for the origination of our wills and our wills causally determine only one possible outcome, then our wills, although influencing final outcomes, are not truly free.
Contemporary biologists have spelled out the implications of the determinist model.
For a determinist, one and only one outcome is possible: in that sense, time is closed.
We are witnessing implications of the determinist approach today in social work as the privatization movement encourages managers to define success, for example, primarily in terms of outcomes based on technological choices (Karger & Stoesz, 1998), but not to choose to reject what may be, in the long run, wasteful consumption of technology to begin with.
The second set is composed of those he would consider to be "environmental determinists," like Deep Ecologists.
Unlike the social determinists, as his ground-breaking article on the well-ordered police state indicates, Raeff ultimately came to believe that, in Russia as in the West, the state, not society, was responsible for initiating those social, economic, and intellectual changes that led society to play so important a role in the modern world.
To do so he cuts a dangerous deal with His Kurtzness: Genetic determinists may slash remedial and affirmative action programs for heady subjects like math, if ameliorists like himself can educate America's heart.
Interestingly, it seems that cultural determinists defend their positions as dogmas with the same passion that disability professionals defend their taxonomies of disabilities and therapeutic interventions.
We have always done so with a critical eye, believing neither the enthusiasm of technological determinists nor the doubt of skeptics.