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Family-Oriented Primary Care Paperback – August 27, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0387986142 ISBN-10: 0387986146 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 484 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2nd edition (August 27, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0387986146
  • ISBN-13: 978-0387986142
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #715,499 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[This book]fills an important void in our education and therefore is highly recommended. I wish it every success because if it succeeds, we all win."
-Jack H. Medalie, M.D., M.P.H. F.A.A.F.P, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Advance praise for Family-Oriented Primary Care: A Manual for Medical Providers:
"A superb job. I'm eager to recommend it to all medical students and family practice residents."
- Eugene S.Farley, Jr., University of Wisconsin Medical School

From the reviews of the second edition:

"A comprehensive approach to the education and training of primary care physicians and other primary care providers … . The book is organized so that each chapter has a discreet goal. … the authors are to be highly commended for writing and then updating a thoughtful and comprehensive book. This volume is replete with references that provide additional resources and ideas … . an excellent addition to any family medicine training program … an important resource for primary care physicians and psychologists … ." (Ronald B. Margolis, PsycCRITIQUES online, April, 2005)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By FamilyNurse on October 21, 2012
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I am in my final months of my masters degree as a family nurse practitioner and I wish I would have read this book earlier in my studies. It is full of information on how to support the patient and their family through common crises: infidelity, abuse, infertility, PTSD, etc. The authors highlight what to do and not do in a situation and how to speak to the patient to really get to the heart of the matter, and then how to get them the help they need. I like to think of myself as a social person that can communicate well with others- but this book really hits home the importance of good communication with our patients and how important this communication is in the success of their care.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Randal Hauck on March 12, 2014
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Don't waste your money. Just get the pdf. That said, the content is pretty good. A bit of a dry read, though.
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This is perhaps THE best book for teaching physicians the psychosocial side of primary care. It is nicely targeted at the challenges that residents and PCPs face daily offering practical ideas for action and wise counsel for understanding patients.
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More About the Author

ANNOUNCEMENT: My latest novel, CHIMNEY BLUFFS, has been released by Savant Books and Publications (Oct. 2012)

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A little about myself. I recently retired after having been the director of a public school based free family counseling center.

Prior to that I was an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Family Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center for almost twenty years. During my tenure there I taught in a Family Medicine Residency Program, practiced Medical Family Therapy and was the Director of a Family Therapy Training Program.

In addition to this I am an ordained Presbyterian minister, having graduated from seminary (Boston University) in 1975. I served a church full-time from 1975-1981 before entering the mental health field permanently. I still keep my hand in ministerial work on a part-time basis.

My educational background includes two master's degrees and a PhD.

Common to all the work I've done is a commitment to the needs of others and being actively involved in their life stories.

I am also married and we have two adult daughters and two adorable granddaughters.

I started writing seriously when I entered seminary at Boston University in 1972. There I was published for the first time---a series of poems in an alumni journal, work lost long ago. In the parish, though, I became a disciplined writer, having to produce a sermon each week, a literary and theological task. The challenge was to write at the intersection of human experience and divine response. During this period I wrote many short stories, song lyrics, poems and two nonfiction manuscripts. One manuscript (Dancing on the Edge) was accepted for publication only to have the offer withdrawn. On the strength of this success, I stopped writing for several years!

I left the ministry and entered the field of psychotherapy, working in community mental health where I published a few papers on my experience as a clinician, including one on a patient suicide.

In 1986 I started working at the University of Rochester Medical Center where a focus on academics accelerated my development as a writer. In the next 20 years, I co-authored two professional books and wrote 55 papers and book chapters. The rigor of mentored writing and excellent editing taught me a great deal about the craft.

During my academic career I remained interested in fiction, but did little more than collect ideas and make notes. In 1990, I did extensive work on a story idea and then stored it all away in a folder. I returned to them years later. They became the basis for my second novel, Pumpkin Hill (2007).

My first novel, Darkness is as Light (2005), was based on a personal vignette told by a former patient. I couldn't get the story out of my mind and reworked it in several creative nonfiction workshops and finally transformed it into the backbone of a novel about a middle aged man sorting out the truth about his mother's death. I wrote Darkness in exactly one year.

My third novel, Charlie No Face, was released in January 2011 by Savant Books and Publications in the fall 2010 (see I enjoyed this writing project more than any other, perhaps because it gave me the opportunity to speak with the voice of Jackie, the 11 year old protangonist. And it is set on my hometown.

While I work on proofing and market strategies for Charlie No Face, I am already writing my fourth novel entitled, Chimney Bluffs.

Common to all of my work is an abiding interest in the common struggles that make us human---loss, fear, hope, uncertainty, connection, separation, meaning, seeking, questioning, love, guilt, wonder, joy and storytelling. I think we are all storytellers. That is how we make sense of our lives and the world around us. When I write, I feel that more than anything else, I am trying to make sense of life, trying to explore its meaning. And, of course, I am trying to tell a good story in the process.

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