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Psychology and Sociology Applied to Medicine. An Illustrated Colour Text. Edition No. 4

  • Book

  • February 2019
  • Elsevier Health Science
  • ID: 4700397
Now in its fourth edition, this definitive and popular introduction to human behaviour in the context of health and illness includes three new chapters, many new contributors and a new co-editor.

It is arranged in nine sections to cover the core concepts of psychology and sociology as they apply to medicine.

- The life cycle

- Development of the person

- Society and health

- Preventing illness and promoting health

- Illness, behaviour and the doctor-patient encounter

- Illness and disability

- Coping with illness and disability

- Hoe do health services work

- How do you fit into all this? - Topics presented as self-contained double-page spreads.

- Cases throughout to reinforce understanding of important concepts.

- Boxes and discussion points throughout.

- The authors comprise psychologists, sociologists and doctors. - Highly illustrated - 48 new contributors

- New co-editor, Gerry Humphris

- 3 new chapters:

Malnutrition and obesity

Urban nature health and well-being

LGBT Health

Table of Contents

1 The life cycle

  • The biopsychosocial model
  • Pregnancy and childbirth
  • Reproductive issues
  • Development in early infancy
  • Childhood and child health
  • Adolescence
  • Social aspects of ageing
  • Bereavement

2 Development of the person

  • Personality and health
  • Understanding learning
  • Perception
  • Emotions
  • Memory problems
  • How does sexuality develop?
  • Intelligence
  • Development of thinking

3 Society and health

  • Understanding groups
  • Concepts of health, illness and disease
  • Measuring health and illness
  • Changing patterns of health and illness
  • Social class and health
  • Gender and health
  • LGBT health
  • Ethnicity and health
  • Quality of life
  • Media and health
  • Housing, homelessness and health
  • Work and health
  • Unemployment and health
  • Labelling and stigma

4 Preventing illness and promoting health

  • Perceptions of risk and risk-taking behaviours
  • What are disease prevention and health promotion?
  • Health screening
  • The social implications of the new genetics
  • Health beliefs, motivation and behaviour
  • Changing cognitions and behaviour
  • Helping people to act on their intentions
  • The social context of behavioural change
  • Illegal drug use
  • Alcohol use
  • Smoking, tobacco control and doctors
  • Eating, body shape and health

5 Illness behaviour and the doctor-patient encounter

  • Deciding to consult
  • Seeing the doctor
  • Placebo and nocebo effects
  • Adherence
  • Clinical communication skills
  • Breaking bad news
  • Self-care
  • Patient experience
  • Psychological preparation for surgery

6 Illness and disability

  • Heart diseas
  • Malnutrition and obesity
  • Cancer
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Physical disability
  • Learning disability
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Stress and health
  • Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Death and dying

7 Coping with illness and disability

  • Counselling
  • Urban nature, health and wellbeing
  • Coping and adaptation
  • Cognitive-behavioural therapy
  • Coping with illness and disability
  • Palliative care
  • Complementary therapies
  • The management of pain

8 How do health services work?

  • Organizing and funding health care
  • Assessing needs
  • Setting priorities and rationing
  • Community care
  • Health: a global perspective
  • Health: a rural perspective

9 How do you fit into all this?

  • Medical students' experience
  • Life as a trainee doctor
  • The profession of medicine




Edwin Roland van Teijlingen Professor, Bournemouth University, Bournemouth, UK, Honorary Professor, School of Health Sciences, University of Nottingham, UK Visiting Professor, Nobel College, Pokhara University, Kathmandu, Nepal, Visiting Professor, Manmohan Memorial Institute of Health Sciences, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal. Gerald M Humphris Professor, Medical School, University of St Andrews, St Andrews, UK, Honorary Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Edinburgh Cancer Centre, NHS Lothian, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh, UK.