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The Psychological Impact of Acute and Chronic Illness: A Practical Guide for Primary Care Physicians 2007th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0387336824
ISBN-10: 0387336826
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Primary care physicians have a unique, long-term relationship with their patients. The nature of this relationship places primary care physicians in the position of managing both the physical and psychological response to serious illness. The Psychological Impact of Acute and Chronic Illness is specifically designed to help the primary care physician navigate normative and maladaptive reactions to illness. Physicians will learn how to identify coping responses in medically ill individuals, as well as proven strategies for intervention and pharmacological treatment of patients presenting with mental illness. Chapters are concise but comprehensive and emphasize the basics, from aspects of the illness process to knowing when to refer patients to mental health providers. Case examples throughout the book illustrate important concepts and techniques that enable the reader to maximize coping in patients and their families.

About the Author

Dr. Greenberg, a psychologist, is affiliated with the University of  California, San Francisco. Her experience has involved consulting with physicians regarding the psychological well being of medical patients.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2007 edition (June 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0387336826
  • ISBN-13: 978-0387336824
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,878,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Cary Dakin on January 12, 2007
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Dr. McClintock Greenberg successfully continues the effort to bridge the gap between physicians and their patients. By addressing the emotional and mental components of illness, she provides an opportunity for physicians to better understand, and ultimately help their patients. As she explains, the stress of illness can bring about a number of tumultuous responses, which only impede treatment. Insight is given on the underlying psychological meaning of these responses, as well as concrete ways to address and ease these often distancing psychological states. The book is complete with an assessment of modern medicine, and the effect it has on the doctor patient relationship; how to diagnosis emotional responses to illness; discussion of the impact on family members and caregivers; working with difficult patients and communication barriers. As a mental health practioner, I continually see the relieving and healing effect information and education has on patients grappling with illness of all kinds, so the contribution of this book in my practice is tremendous. Although it is intended for physicians, I feel that it would be helpful to anyone struggling with the impact of illness.
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Dr. Greenberg's book is an excellent, easily accessible resource for physicians, psychotherapists and patients alike. Its handbook size and straight-forward writing style provides clear direction, illuminating case studies, quick-reference medication charts, and a great sensitivity toward bridging the chronically wide gap between the physician's provision of medical care and the patient's experience of receiving it. She skillfully addresses the importance of psychology as a tool that is vital to proper diagnosis and treatment of patients -- especially in the face of the growing science of Mind-Body Medicine.

Giving voice to unseen symptoms of the chronically ill which make themselves best known through the emotional voice of the patient (or the seemingly unrelated narratives of their lives), Dr. Greenberg provides a how-to manual which teaches physicians to recognize this voice as a diagnostic tool. She is keenly respectful of the challenging and complex task of being a physician and the hierarchical infrastructure of Medicine that can put unfair expectations on doctors to deliver a cure. She is also adept at representing the position of the disempowered patient in ways that reveal the patient's potential to be a teammate instead of an adversary around the expectation of healing. And her deep insight into the challenges of being both the doctor who may not be able to cure the incurable and the patient who cannot be cured closes the gap between the two. The result further provides a powerful education for the psychotherapist who is often caught in the middle and responsible for "healing." The ease with which Dr. Greenberg leads all three -- doctors, patients and therapists --guides and inspires the reader to connect more dots in the medical landscape, so that all involved can "get better."
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with intelligent yet approachable style, dr. mcclintock greenberg gives a compassionate voice for both patient and healthcare professional navigating their way through the labyrinth of modern medicine. not only does she provide a realistic view of the issues the modern healthcare professional faces in today's world, she offers viable, accessible solutions for these obstacles.

a comfortable read, i found this book to be insightful and helpful in my study of traditional chinese medicine. this will be a book i reference often when helping patients who are dealing with serious illness. dr. mcclintock greenberg is helping to create a clear path between patient and doctor in this newly developing world of healthcare.

this isn't just a book for physicians, it also helps patients understand the relationships they have with their doctors. i strongly recommend buying this book for yourself, your loved ones battling with illness and your colleagues in the healthcare field.
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