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Face à la COVID 19: N'avons-nous pas atteint les limites du paradigme pasteurien?
Colin, Gilles; Paul, Elisabeth
2021 • In Revue Médicale de Liège, 76 (12), p. 845-849
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Keywords :
Public health; paradigm; COVID-19
Abstract :
[en] In this article, the authors argue that the res- ponse to the COVID-19 pandemic is primarily focused exclusively on the virus, and would benefit from a broade- ning of perspective to a more systemic approach. After presenting, in a deliberately caricatural way, the opposition between the Pasteurian and holistic paradigms, they pre- sent some limitations of the Pasteurian approach, which is still dominant in the medical community. They put forward two explanations for the perpetuation of this dominance, relating to research methods and medical training. They then apply their analysis to the COVID-19 response stra- tegy, arguing that the “neglect” of social determinants and of the role of co-morbidities - which play an essential role in the severity of the disease - constitutes a clear failure of public health. It is thus deprived of a whole range of pre- vention and health promotion tools, and even of early holis- tic care. They conclude by suggesting that the COVID-19 crisis reveals the limits of the Pasteurian model and calls for a paradigm shift, allowing for a more complex, systemic and coherent approach to COVID-19 - and all other health problems.
Disciplines :
Public health, health care sciences & services
Author, co-author :
Colin, Gilles ;  Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Liège - CHU > Département de Physique Médicale > Service médical de radiothérapie
Paul, Elisabeth;  Université Libre de Bruxelles - ULB > Santé publique
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Title :
Face à la COVID 19: N'avons-nous pas atteint les limites du paradigme pasteurien?
Alternative titles :
[en] COVID-19 pandemic : Have we not reached the limits of the pasteurian paradigm ?
Publication date :
December 2021
Journal title :
Revue Médicale de Liège
Publisher :
Université de Liège. Revue Médicale de Liège, Liège, Belgium
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Peer reviewed :
Peer reviewed


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