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From The CriticsReviewer: Thomas P. Guck, Ph.D. (Creighton University Medical Center)
Description: This book addresses a broad spectrum of psychosocial issues commonly seen in primary care. The previous edition was 1997.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide primary care physicians with the concepts and principles of behavioral medicine that can be applied in a busy practice. The authors have accomplished this worthy objective.
Audience: This book is written for primary care physicians, but medical students, residents, nurses, and mental health professionals who work in a medical setting will find it valuable. Each chapter is written by a leading expert who has successfully applied behavioral medicine concepts in practice.
Features: Early chapters emphasize patient-physician relationship and communication skills. Subsequent chapters apply behavioral change principles and techniques to a variety of health-related conditions. This book is well organized, easy to read, and practical. It provides valuable current references along with helpful websites.
Assessment: This book is excellent for medical students, residents, and physicians. It is a valuable update of a previous edition. It provides relevant compelling evidence for the interdisciplinary nature of many medical problems. The tables, charts, and case illustrations make this book an easy and valuable read.