DMS-IV meets philosophy.

TitleDMS-IV meets philosophy.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1994
JournalThe Journal of medicine and philosophy
Volume19
Issue3
Pagination207-18
ISSN0360-5310
Abstract

The authors discuss some of the conceptual issues that must be considered in using and understanding psychiatric classification. DMS-IV is a practical and common sense nosology of psychiatric disorders that is intended to improve communication in clinical practice and in research studies. DSM-IV has no philosophic pretensions but does raise many philosophical questions. This paper describes the development of DSM-IV and the way in which it addresses a number of philosophic issues: nominalism vs. realism, epistemology in science, the mind/body dichotomy, the definition of mental disorders, and dimensional vs. categorical classification.

Short TitleJ Med Philos
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