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Behavior and Medicine

Edited by: Danny Wedding, Margaret L. Stuber


Out of print

The new edition is now available.

A unique textbook, comprehensive and up-to-date, with a practical, clinical emphasis and a structure that is ideally suited for teaching behavioral sciences in the medical school classroom.

This new edition of one of the most popular and highly regarded texts on behavioral and social science in medicine has been fully revised and updated. It is structured to reflect the latest Institute of Medicine recommendations on the teaching of behavioral and social sciences in medicine. Its 25 chapters are divided into five core domains: mind-body interactions in health and disease, patient behavior, the physician’s role and behavior, physician-patient interactions, social and cultural issues in health care along with health policy and economics.

Under the careful guidance and editing of Danny Wedding, PhD, Professor of Psychology at Alliant International University in San Francisco, CA, and Margaret L. Stuber, MD, the Jane and Marc Nathanson Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA, over 40 leading educators from major medical faculties have contributed to produce the most comprehensible and well-designed text in its field.

Unique to Behavior and Medicine is the use of hundreds of works of art, poetry, andaphorisms to provoke thought and interest and to illuminate the most importantpoints. Additional features of note are:
- Practical, clinical emphasis, based around the core topics recommended by the Institute of Medicine
- Comprehensive, trustworthy, and up-to-date
- Competitive price compared to other much less comprehensive, question-andanswer-type, course review works
- Chapters written and carefully edited by leading educators at major medical facilities
- Numerous case examples, tables, charts, and boxes for quick access to information
- Learning and exam aids, such as sample USMLE review questions
- New chapters on medical ethics and the United States health care system

From the reviews

"About 10 to 15 percent of the USMLE Step 1 final exam concentrates on behavioral science: Students should be aware of developmental markers, the potential influence of personality, problems associated with addiction, risk factors for divorce, and soon. All of these issues and the other issues needed for the USMLE are covered in Behavior and Medicine."
Stuart W. G. Derbyshire in PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 56 (6), 2011

"Targeted specifically for medical students with the goal of helping them pass the behavioral science section of the USMLE, this book is extraordinarily useful for all those interested in the interaction of behavior and medicine. [...] Composed of 25 chapters, the book is divided into six main parts. [...] [The core] themes are brought to life with poems, paintings, and photographs. Each chapter, moreover, contains a summary of important concepts followed by a case study emphasizing key principles. [...] This book masterfully explores the multidimensional nature of medicine [and] teaches medical students to be excellent diagnosticians in addition to compassionate physician healers. [...] The principles elucidated in this book are true keystones of medical education."
Bradley R. Cutler, MD (Rush University Medical Center), in Doody’s Book Review

From the reviews of the fourth edition:

“A very enjoyable up-to-date ‘read’ filled with wise perceptions and precious informationand recommendations...”
Frederick S. Sierles, MD, Professor and Director of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry and BehavioralSciences, Rosalin Franklin University of Medicine and Science

“Behavior and Medicine translates [the IOM] recommendations into an introductory textbook intended for medical students in their preclinical years... As a reference for faculty who wish to implement the recommendations of the IOM report, this book is excellent.”
Leonard J. Haas, Barry Stults, Michael Battistone, in PsycCRITIQUES, vol. 52 (11)

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