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The Patient: Biological, Psychological, and Social Dimensions of Medical Practice / Edition 3
     

The Patient: Biological, Psychological, and Social Dimensions of Medical Practice / Edition 3

by Hoyle Leigh, Morton F. Reiser
 

ISBN-10: 030644142X

ISBN-13: 9780306441424

Pub. Date: 05/31/1992

Publisher: Springer US

The old-fashioned doctor, whose departure from the modem medical scene is so greatly lamented, was amply aware of each patient's personality, family, work, and way of life. Today, we often blame a doctor's absence of that awareness on moral or ethical deficiency either in medical education or in the character of people who become physicians. An alternative explanation

Overview

The old-fashioned doctor, whose departure from the modem medical scene is so greatly lamented, was amply aware of each patient's personality, family, work, and way of life. Today, we often blame a doctor's absence of that awareness on moral or ethical deficiency either in medical education or in the character of people who become physicians. An alternative explanation, however, is that doctors are just as moral, ethical, and concerned as ever before, but that a vast amount of additional new information has won the competition for attention. The data available to the old-fashioned doctor were a patient's history, physical examination, and "per­ sonal profile," together with a limited number of generally ineffectual therapeu­ tic agents. A doctor today deals with an enormous array of additional new information, which comes from X rays, biopsies, cytology, electrographic tracings, and the phantasmagoria of contemporary laboratory tests; and the doctor must also be aware of a list of therapeutic possibilities that are both far more effective and far more extensive than ever before.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780306441424
Publisher:
Springer US
Publication date:
05/31/1992
Edition description:
3rd ed. 1992
Pages:
496
Product dimensions:
15.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

On Becoming a Patient: Illness and Help-Seeking Behavior. The Sick Role. Expectations in the Consulting Room. On Being a Patient: Anxiety. Psychological Defense Mechanisms. Depression, Mania, and Suicide. Psychosis. Confusion, Delirium, and Dementia. Pain. Substance Abuse. Sleep and Dreaming. On Assessing a Patient: Approach to a Patient. Current Context. Recent Context. Background Context. On Managing a Patient: The Case of the Sick Tarzan. The Doctor-Patient Relationship. The Patient's Personality. The Hospitalized Patient. Therapeutic Dimensions. Drugs that Affect Behavior. Some Illustrative Patients. Summary and Perspectives. Index.

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