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

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This revised and updated edition incorporates new developments that have emerged since the publication of the second edition in 1985.

Illness & help-seeking behavior/psychological de- fense mechanisms/anxiety/psychosis/dementia/pain/drugs/etc.

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From a review of the second edition: 'This well-written book...[presents] medical and behavioral science information that is both clear and is both scholarly and readable.'
Annals of Internal Medicine
New edition of a text first published in 1980 (and revised in 1985) and initially intended for medical students needing a basic behavioral science text. The audience is now broader, and the material presented is essential core data for medical behavioral science as well as a guide to approaching patients. Coverage includes help-seeking behavior, the sick role, expectations in the consulting room, anxiety, defense mechanisms, mood disorders, psychosis, pain, substance abuse, sleep and dreams, assessment, and management. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306441424
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 1/1/1992
  • Edition description: 3rd ed. 1992
  • Edition number: 3
  • 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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