[from the O.E.D]
Philosophy; the theory
that certain wholes are greater than the sum of their parts. The
opposite of atomism.
Medicine; the treating of the whole person, rather than just the
symptoms of a disease.
Chiefly Philosophy; characterized by the belief
parts of something are explicable only by reference to the whole.
Medicine treating the whole person rather than just the physical
symptoms of a
A more 'modern' application might be defined as 'Joined-up-thinking'
a quality sadly lacking in many of our conservation
For example: if one removes too many sheep from a hill to 'conserve
a particular plant from the 'percieved' dangers of overgrazing, then
vegetation becomes not only rank and unpalatable but the stronger
plants smother the weaker, frequently the very plant that one was
trying to conserve
the first instance
Cattle' and 'The
By ignoring the holistic
approach to conservation
, and leaving 'Man's
requirements' out of the equation, one will end up in a state of 'Cognitive
, where the cure
becomes worse than the disease.
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