Supporting tripod of modern medicine

Hui Yang, Shuo Liu, Zhonghua Zhou, Yingzi Huang, Wenjuan Huang, Yan Pang

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Tripod, an ancient Chinese vessel with three legs, was revered as treasure of the kingdom. The implication of the metaphor refers to stable of the power and the nation. It is truly an ideal symbol, and verified in a mathematic rule - triangle is the most stable shape and structure. The metaphor could be also applied to the modern model of medicine - biopsychosocial model. The structure is the foundation of human health. In other words, health is the best understood in terms of a combination of the three domains - biological, psychological and social factors - rather than purely in biological terms. The approach is a medical philosophy established through several revolutions in medicine in centuries of human history. It is also well tailors with oriental belief of balance of body, mind and environment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)731 - 733
Number of pages3
JournalChinese General Practice
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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