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World J Biol Psychiatry. 2001 Jan;2(1):38-47.

Methodological issues in psychiatry: psychiatry as an empirical science.

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  • Department of Psychiatry, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Nussbaumstrasse 7, 80336 Munich, Germany. hans-juergen.moeller@psy.med.unimuenchen.de

Abstract

The paper reflects the empirical position of psychiatry as a research discipline. Principles of empirical research are discussed, such as the generation of empirical hypotheses, the falsification of hypotheses, the logical structure of theories, etc. It is discussed to what extent these principles can be transferred to psychiatric research.

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