(Career Research Awardee of the USPHS. Supported in part by a grant from the Henry Kaiser Family Foundation), Dept. of Psychiatry and Dept. of Medicine, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.
How physicians approach patients and the problems they present is much influenced by the conceptual models around which their knowledge is organized. In this paper the implications of the biopsychosocial model for the study and care of a patient with an acute myocardial infarction are presented and contrasted with approaches used by adherents of the more traditional biomedical model.