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Christa W. van Tellingen M.D.
Language of document: English
Title in English: Pharmacology, from the series: Bolks' Companions: Selected Topics from a Phenomenological Point of View
Abstract / summary in English:
Pharmacology gives us insight into the way organic processes change when foreign compounds are introduced into the organism. Pharmacology is a changeable subject, depending on the needs and knowledge of the time.
Can we find an inner coherence in the manifold ways compounds influence organisms? Can we formulate a framework that can be used in the study of pharmacology that will promote such a coherent view? What should such a framework be based on? How can we understand the effect on human consciousness that most compounds have?
We can enhance the scope of the answers to these questions by using a combination of the current scientific method and a phenomenological method. The specific phenomenological method employed here was developed to comprehend the cohterence within living organisms. It illuminates the known facts about the activity of compounds in organisms, and provides the means to find their significance.
What emerges is a new grasp of the interrelations between pharmacological and biologicalprocesses, and consciousness,psychology, and behavior. This leads to a more rational understanding of the effect of compounds in health and disease.