Conclusion. All healthcare practitioners should aspire to holistic medicine and try to practise it. Recognising the 'whole' person in the prevention and treatment of disease may hold the key to some diagnoses for doctors. The British Holistic Medicine Association, this was established in 1983 by a group of medical doctors and students. It now has members who include mainstream doctors and healthcare professionals, complementary and alternative medicine practitioners, and lay people. In a recent survey of Swedish GPs, the GPs put an emphasis on the consultation process as being an important tool for achieving an holistic view of patients and their problems.
However, it is a common misconception that holistic medicine is just 'alternative' or 'complementary' medicine. It is true that holistic medicine allows for a wider range of treatment approaches to be used together and encourages open-mindedness for these different approaches. Consultation skills and an holistic approach1, the consultation can be used as a tool in holistic healthcare. There is a separate article called Consultation Analysis but it seems that doctors no longer see patients as walking pathology as mentioned above.