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Trad, P.V. (1990). The Holistic Perspective on Development. Contemp. Psychoanal., 26:599-615.

(1990). Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 26:599-615

The Holistic Perspective on Development

Paul V. Trad, M.D.

I. Introduction

IN HIS 1939 WORK ENTITLED "THE ORGANISM, " Kurt Goldstein proposed a unified theory for understanding human development which was viewed as being radically innovative and provocative for its time. Goldstein's concepts were grounded in his "holistic viewpoint, " which integrated aspects of human functioning and posited that the human organism functioned as a whole. This holistic approach offered a neuroscientific perspective not previously articulated by Gestalt investigators of human behavior: for Goldstein, the mental and physical processes were inextricably intertwined and human behavior was best understood not by segmenting


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Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Vol. 26, No. 4 (1990)

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