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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Peter B. Zeldow, PhD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This book provides a brief discussion of the Type A and B behavior patterns, their relationships to coronary heart disease, their psychological components, and how to conduct a medical examination that will culminate in the proper diagnosis of Type A behavior. The majority of the book is concerned with how Type A behavior can be modified.
Purpose: The purpose of the book is to describe "diagnostic and intervention procedures, which, if followed, should enable [clinicians] to moderate type A behavior." The author is one of the two cardiologists who first identified Type A behavior in 1959.
Audience: The book is intended for psychologists, psychiatrists, internists, and "individuals who have received their doctorate in education." Students in these disciplines will also find the book of interest.
Features: The book includes a good number of tables and figures that summarize research findings. There are also some photographs and drawings that depict facial attributes that are, according to the author, characteristic of the Type A person, and five appendixes including exercises designed to modify type A attributes and a list of 96 "general truths and principles of conduct."
Assessment: This brief volume provides a summary of the author's views on diagnosis and treatment of Type A behavior. Controversy in the area is not addressed. The book is an unusual combination of science, treatment manual, and personal opinion.