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Behavior and Medicine
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Behavior and Medicine

by Danny Wedding
 
This new edition of one of the most popular and highly regarded texts on behavioral and social science in medicine has been fully revised and updated. It is structured to reflect the latest Institute of Medicine recommendations on the teaching of behavioral and social sciences in medicine. Its 25 chapters are divided into five core domains: mind-body interactions in

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This new edition of one of the most popular and highly regarded texts on behavioral and social science in medicine has been fully revised and updated. It is structured to reflect the latest Institute of Medicine recommendations on the teaching of behavioral and social sciences in medicine. Its 25 chapters are divided into five core domains: mind-body interactions in health and disease, patient behavior, the physician’s role and behavior, physician-patient interactions, social and cultural issues in health care along with health policy and economics.

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4 Stars! from Doody
Warren Lee Holleman
This is an attractive, interesting book on psychosocial aspects of health, featuring chapters on the various stages of the life cycle; health issues related to love, sexuality, and work; assessing the mental health of patients; and unhealthy behaviors associated with preventable illnesses. Authors from throughout the United States contributed to the volume. The purpose is to describe how behavior affects health and to encourage the reader to practice a more humane, effective style of medicine. This is an extremely important task, considering the way medical education gives insufficient attention to the psychosocial component of health and the therapeutic value of empathy. The book meets this objective. Targeted especially to medical students, the book will be useful to students in other health professions as well, including nursing, public health, psychology, and physician assistants. The most striking feature is the extraordinary number of paintings, photographs, poems, and literary excerpts used effectively to illustrate the themes of the chapters. This second edition has significantly fewer references than the earlier one, appropriate given its purpose of introducing the subject to a broad range of students. The book is an excellent introduction to the psychosocial dimension of health, illness, and medicine. The chapters are written in a compact, clinically relevant, and interesting style that will engage all students, including those seeking a different perspective than the standard one taught in basic sciences and those who generally have to be dragged kicking and screaming to the trough of behavioral medicine.
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Reviewer: Bradley R. Cutler, MD (Edward Hospital and Health Services)
Description: This is the fifth edition of an extremely popular book on behavior in medicine, edited by the highly regarded Danny Wedding, professor of psychology at Alliant International University, and Margaret Stuber, professor of psychiatry at UCLA.
Purpose: As the editors make clear, "all physicians need to be conversant in the basic principles of behavioral science." Their aim is to help readers practice medicine in a more humane, gentle, and effective manner.
Audience: Targeted specifically for medical students with the goal of helping them pass the behavioral science section of the USMLE, this book is extraordinarily useful for all those interested in the interaction of behavior and medicine.
Features: Composed of 25 chapters, the book is divided into six main parts. Part I focuses on mind-body interactions in medicine, part 2 highlights patient behavior, part 3 emphasizes the importance of the physician's role as healer, part 4 illustrates the power of physician-patient interactions, part 5 deals with both social and cultural issues in healthcare, and part 6 presents USMLE-style questions and answers. All chapters are connected by five core themes, including poignancy and the beauty of the transitions of life and the salience of the sense of self. These themes are brought to life with poems, paintings, and photographs. Each chapter, moreover, contains a summary of important concepts followed by a case study emphasizing key principles.
Assessment: Nearly all books in the field of medicine focus primarily on the biomedical model of disease without taking into account the interaction of medicine and human behavior. Yet it is the richness of behavior that transcends all aspects of health and illness. Medicine, after all, is both a science and an art, and this book masterfully explores the multidimensional nature of medicine. With a call for medical schools to integrate behavioral and social sciences into their curriculum, this book teaches medical students to be excellent diagnosticians in addition to compassionate physician healers. Students will learn about stress and illness in patients as well as dealing with their own health and well-being. The USMLE style questions and answers will help solidify students' newfound knowledge. In an era where the amount of medical information is growing exponentially, it is essential to remember one's humanity and understand how one's behavior influences all aspects of medicine. The principles elucidated in this book are true keystones of medical education.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781613343753
Publisher:
Hogrefe Publishing
Publication date:
07/28/2010
Sold by:
Libreka GmbH
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
368
File size:
3 MB

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