Literally meaning: “the idea of whole”
Origin: Anc Greek
ὅλος/holos(=whole, all, entire)
+ισμός/-ismos(=ism denoting “an action”, “state”, “tendency”)
The noun “holism” was coined by the South African statesman and philosopher Jan Smuts (1870-1950) in his book, Holism and Evolytion. Smuts defined holism as “The tendency in nature to form wholes that are greater than the sum of the pats through creative evolution”.
Jan C. Smuts, 1926 Holism and Evolution MacMillan, Compass/Viking Press 1961, reprinted Sierra Sunrise 1999 (milly edited) ISBN1-887263-14-4
Holistic is any system which is considered as whole and not in separate parts such as holistic health in which includes any mental physical empotional and spiritual aspects.