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From The CriticsReviewer: Thomas P. Guck, Ph.D.(Creighton University Medical Center)
Description: This book, now in its third edition, focuses on interpersonal and behavior change techniques that primary care physicians can use to care more effectively for patients. Previous editions were published in 1986 and 1993.
Purpose: The purpose is to convince primary care physicians that by routinely incorporating therapeutic interventions into primary care practice, many problems can be solved or prevented. The authors have accomplished this worthy objective.
Audience: This book is written for primary care physicians, but medical students, residents, and mental health professionals who work in a medical setting will also find this book valuable. The authors have over 60 years of clinical experience and years of experience teaching their techniques to students and healthcare professionals.
Features: Early chapters provide the theoretical background and rationale, and subsequent chapters focus on putting the knowledge into action. This how-to book aims to help primary care physicians develop new skills. Wonderful clinical examples are provided. This third edition provides a valuable new chapter on pharmacotherapy. The references are excellent and there are two useful appendixes.
Assessment: This book is excellent for all medical students and physicians. It is easy to read with excellent case examples. It is a valuable update of the previous edition and it provides new evidence for the mind-body connection with updated references. The new chapter on pharmacotherapy is well done.