Holism, adj., holistic medicine views illnesses of the human body as a phenomenon that must be treated will due regarded to the totality of health and the complex organistic whole which our bodies constitute.

Opposed to the traditional western reductionist approach.
In the Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency sense, refers to the interconnectedness of all things or a kind of Zen art of life, the universe and everything. For example, I follow a Holistic Approch to wandering around Everything 2, because I follow logical links. And while I don't find what I'm looking for, I frequently find where I need to be.

Last sentence stolen from Douglas Adams

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