Illness of the Mind and Body Term Paper by Nicky

Illness of the Mind and Body
A look at psychosomatic illness.
# 149441 | 1,660 words | 5 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Dec 14, 2011 in Medical and Health (Nutrition and Exercise) , Psychology (Disorders)

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This paper examines the mind-body connection, further considering illnesses of the mind and their neurophysiology and psychology. The paper traces the knowledge of this relationship from Greek and Roman times to today, pointing out major breakthroughs in science and psychology. The paper describes the major discoveries in neuroscience, naming the most influential scholars in this field and citing their seminal works. The paper includes a section about pharmaceuticals that have helped the symptoms of several mental illnesses. It also discusses the hope that soon there will also be new medications to help dementia and Alzheimer's. The paper concludes by stating that the advances made in physiology psychology over human history and, especially the last century, have given humans a greater ability to decrease their vulnerability.

From the Paper:

"As scientists increased their knowledge, their knowledge about the brain increased as well. As described on the University of Illinois Web site about the history of neuroscience (2009), the Vogts pursued their interest in the neurosciences at the beginning of the 20th century,
established the first brain institute and began to further the understanding of cerebellar pathways, mutations in the genetic structure, aging impact on nerve cells, and disease. Gordon Holmes, a clinical neurologist, added to this store of information on the cerebellum by localizing cerebellar function. He and Grainger Stewart pinpointed damaging lesions and the effect they had on vision. Scientists were thus beginning to clarify physiology of the brain with the subsequent impact on the senses. This understanding of physiology continued, according to the University of Illinois (2009), with Henry Head, who authored materials on the vagus nerve and its impact on the respiratory system. He and Holmes paired up in 1911 to co-author another report on cerebral lesions and the senses. Present-day scientists continue to use this farsighted research in their own studies of the brain."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Morris, J. (1999). Tangles and plaques in nondemented aging and preclinical Alzheimer's disease. Annals of Neurology, 45(3), 358-368.
  • Public Broadcasting System (1998). People and Discoveries. Retrieved July 9, 2009
  • Reser, J.E. (2009). Alzehimer's disease and natural cognitive aging may represent adaptive metabolism reduction programs. Behavioral Brain Functioning 28(5).
  • University of Illinois (2009). Department of Neurology. Retrieved July 9, 2009.
  • Wundt, W. (1902). Principles of Physiological Psychology. Retrieved July 9, 2009.

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