This article briefly outlines the AQAL model and describes the application of the model to family practice—specifically an Integral look at depression and anxiety. Larry discusses major problems facing the Western medical model, particularly gross and subtle reductionism and the mind-body split. He also offers an AQAL perspective on clinical examples from family practice and then apply the AQAL model to the transformation of the physician.
DR. LARRY GEORGE is a Family Medicine physician with High Country Health Care in Dillon, Colorado. He received his medical degree from Mayo Medical School at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, and is Board Certified in Family Medicine, having completed family practice residency through the University of Utah at McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden. Dr. George applies Integral concepts—the treatment of body, mind, and soul, in self, culture, and nature—to the practice of medicine. He is the proud father of two teenagers, Aaron and Emily, and is married to Dr. Karen Wyatt, who is also a family physician practicing in Summit County, Colorado.