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Health Psychology: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Health 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0131962972
ISBN-10: 0131962973
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About the Author

 

Deborah Fish Ragin is a Professor of Psychology at Montclair State University, as well as an Adjunct Associate Professor at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in NYC where she is also involved in research. 

 

Ragin is a reviewer for the international journal Social Science and Medicine, and the Journal for Interpersonal Violence, and is on the Editorial Board for the American Journal of Nursing.

 

 

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 1 edition (November 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131962973
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131962972
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #350,730 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I really admire the author for giving a rich history of health practices in ancient civilizations, most notably, the African culture (primarily Egypt). She is one of the few authors (as far as I know) that acknowledges "medical practices and health remedies in sub-Saharan Africa art found in Ghana, Nigeria, the Republic of Congo, and Burkina Faso" (p. 9).

What was especially interesting to me was the admission that the ancient Egyptians conducted brain surgery. Having been there twice (Egypt), I saw first-hand artwork reflecting the tools used by the ancient Egyptians to conduct surgery on the brain. The author notes: "In some cases the art depicts health procedures such as craniotomies (a cut into the skull, usually to gain access to the brain" (p. 9).

While the book brought out interesting information, it also vague, and at times contained questionable statements. It is not without its subtle intrigue as well. For instance, with respect to vaccines in modern Africa, she noted that until 2003 polio was thought to be under control throughout the world, until an outbreak occurred in good old Africa. What happened?

In making the point the vaccines really do help stem the tide of some diseases, the author argued that since Nigeria (in its northern region) discontinued polio vaccinations in 2003, there was a sudden outbreak of the disease at that time in that region of the county; also in six other nearby African countries (Burkina Faso, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Chad, Ghana, and Togo).

Here's where the intrigue comes in: "The reason for the suspension [of polio vaccinations in norther Nigeria] is unclear.
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I had to get this book for an online college coursework. This book wasn't that good and I don't know why they have a woman doing a backbend on the cover. In this case, you can judge a book by its cover. There were just too many stories and examples to read and not a whole lot of psychology.
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I had to purchase this as a textbook for a health psychology class. I was SO disappointed. It is written at a high school reading level (I'm in a PhD program). Much of the reference to research is outdated. There is NO discussion of neurochemistry and the links between brain function and health. Much of the text is condescending and in many cases repetitive. Don't buy it unless you have to.
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The book includes all the basic health psychology concepts. It has great arrivals of examples in every chapter. But the presentation is a little dull.
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Great Book!!! This book made an otherwise complex topic seem graspable and even intuitive. I would highly recommend this text!
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