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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Giridhar G. Reddy, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This book emphasizes not only the current theories on the impact of stress on health, but also the level of scientific evidence to support these theories. The various chapters comprehensively cover topics such as effects of stress on the organ systems like cardiovascular, respiratory, endocrine, immune systems etc. It also deals with stress and addiction disorders, malignancy, HIV, pain, and anxiety. Management of stress is emphasized using pharmacological and cognitive-behavioral methods.
Purpose: The primary goal is to provide a scientifically based review of the relationship between stress and the physiology and pathology of the major organ systems of the body.
Audience: The audience includes physicians, especially those in primary care, preventive healthcare, and psychiatry. This book is also targeted at nurses, psychologists, physical therapists, social workers, and many other healthcare professionals.
Features: Appropriate graphs, figures, and tables are included to illustrate the text. Article references are extensive and up to date.
Assessment: Physicians and healthcare providers largely overlook psychological stress and its impact on the patient's clinical status. The empirical data now available show the impact of stress on the mental and physical well-being of patients. A better understanding of the impact stress has on health can help reduce medical costs via improved stress management, as well as prevention of various medical illnesses. This book is timely and it is essential reading for all healthcare professionals.