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Overview

Functional somatic syndromes are defined as physical syndromes without an organic disease explanation, demonstrable structural changes, or established biochemical abnormalities. This book reviews the state of scientific and clinical understanding of the nine most common functional somatic syndromes. For each syndrome, expert contributors provide a brief historical perspective, a current definition, a case presentation, confirmatory and contradictory research findings, a discussion of the leading pathogenetic hypotheses, and guidelines for diagnosis and treatment. Chapters offer advice for the determination of disability of patients with these medically unexplained disorders, while describing both medical and psychiatric interventions. Stressing the importance of a sound therapeutic relationship as a basis for treatment, this is an invaluable resource for professionals in primary care and many other disciplines.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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"Even though several expert authors have contributed to this text, it is of consistent quality and should help doctors and medical students also to face functional disorders with more confidence, and with a little bit more knowledge." Lancet
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Reviewer: Rebekah Wang-Cheng, MD (Medical College of Wisconsin)
Description: This is a discussion of nine conditions commonly seen in primary care which fall under the umbrella of "functional somatic syndromes."
Purpose: The aim is to present state-of-the-art information on the clinical characteristics of these syndromes, to review the best available research on their causes and management, and to summarize all the clinically relevant facts.
Audience: While this book is addressed foremost to primary care physicians because they see these patients on a frequent basis, it is also for physicians in psychiatry, neurology, and physical rehabilitation, as well as residents who are training in all of these fields. In addition, patients who have these syndromes will find valuable information for themselves and their families.
Features: Each of nine conditions is found in a chapter written by experts in the field. These conditions include chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, premenstrual syndrome, interstitial cystitis, temporomandibular disorders, chest pain, repetitive strain injury, and multiple chemical sensitivities. In addition, there are other helpful chapters that include discussions of the psychopharmacology of these syndromes and determination of disability. Each chapter also has a case presentation and a section on prevalence and economic costs.
Assessment: This book is in a class of its own. I am not aware of any other publication for the primary care physician that covers these commonly seen conditions that can be extremely frustrating for both physicians and patients. The references are very up-to-date and cited very judiciously and appropriately throughout the text. Historical sections at the beginning of each chapter are very interesting and set a context for understanding the condition.
Rebekah Wang-Cheng
This is a discussion of nine conditions commonly seen in primary care which fall under the umbrella of ""functional somatic syndromes."" The aim is to present state-of-the-art information on the clinical characteristics of these syndromes, to review the best available research on their causes and management, and to summarize all the clinically relevant facts. While this book is addressed foremost to primary care physicians because they see these patients on a frequent basis, it is also for physicians in psychiatry, neurology, and physical rehabilitation, as well as residents who are training in all of these fields. In addition, patients who have these syndromes will find valuable information for themselves and their families. Each of nine conditions is found in a chapter written by experts in the field. These conditions include chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, premenstrual syndrome, interstitial cystitis, temporomandibular disorders, chest pain, repetitive strain injury, and multiple chemical sensitivities. In addition, there are other helpful chapters that include discussions of the psychopharmacology of these syndromes and determination of disability. Each chapter also has a case presentation and a section on prevalence and economic costs. This book is in a class of its own. I am not aware of any other publication for the primary care physician that covers these commonly seen conditions that can be extremely frustrating for both physicians and patients. The references are very up-to-date and cited very judiciously and appropriately throughout the text. Historical sections at the beginning of each chapter are very interesting and set a context forunderstanding the condition.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521634915
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Definition and etiological theories Peter Manu; 2. Chronic fatigue syndrome Peter Manu, Dale A. Matthews; 3. Fibromyalgia syndrome Micha Abeles; 4. Irritable bowel syndrome George F. Longstreth; 5. Premenstrual syndrome Teri Pearlstein; 6. Interstitial cystitis Ngoc Ho, James A. Koziol, C. Lowell Parsons; 7. Temporomandibular disorders Carol M. Greco, Thomas E. Rudy, Andrew Herlich; 8. Chest pain syndromes Lawson R. Wulsin; 9. Repetitive strain injury Stephen P. Tyrer; 10. Multiple chemical sensitivities Abba I. Terr; 11. Psychopharmacology of functional somatic syndromes Arthur Rifkin; 12. Psychotherapy of functional somatic syndromes Gary Taerk; 13. Determination of disability claimed by patients with functional somatic syndromes Peter Manu; 14. Functional somatic syndromes: exploring common denominators Peter Manu.

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