Principles of Holistic Medicine Applied to Infrastructure Maintenance: A Test Case

by Fred Catapano, 254 E. 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1992, Vol. 62, Issue 1, Pg. 68-69

Document Type: Feature article


A humorous consideration of the question of whether holistic medicine—that is, the treatment of the entire physical and emotional configuration of the patient instead of the solely medical aspects of the condition—can be applied to the remediation of infrastructure deterioration (specifically, New York City's ailing Williamsburg Bridge), presented in the form of a mock-academic paper, complete with footnotes.

Subject Headings: Maintenance | Human factors | Remediation | Infrastructure | Deterioration | Bridges | New York | United States

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