Whole Person Care

A New Paradigm for the 21st Century

  • Tom A. Hutchinson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Tom A. Hutchinson
    Pages 1-8
  3. Tom A. Hutchinson, Balfour M. Mount, Michael Kearney
    Pages 23-30
  4. Patricia L. Dobkin
    Pages 69-82
  5. Sheldon Solomon, Krista Lawlor
    Pages 97-107
  6. Michael Kearney, Radhule Weininger
    Pages 109-125
  7. Tom A. Hutchinson
    Pages 127-132
  8. Abdu’l-Missagh Ghadirian
    Pages 149-160
  9. David S. Rosenblatt, Jennifer Fitzpatrick
    Pages 161-172
  10. Gordon L. Crelinsten
    Pages 173-181
  11. Helen Mc Namara, J. Donald Boudreau
    Pages 183-200
  12. Richard L. Cruess, Sylvia R. Cruess
    Pages 201-207
  13. Tom A. Hutchinson
    Pages 209-217
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 219-234

About this book


A ground-breaking new volume and the first of its kind to concisely outline and explicate the emerging field of whole person care process, Whole Person Care: A New Paradigm for the 21st Century organizes the disparate strains of literature on the topic. It does so by clarifying the concept of 'whole person' and also by outlining the challenges and opportunities that death anxiety poses to the practice of whole person care. Whole person care seeks to study, understand and promote the role of health care in relieving suffering and promoting healing in acute and chronic illness as a complement to the disease focus of biomedicine. The focus is on the whole person -- physical, emotional, social, and spiritual. Using concise, easy-to-read language, the early chapters offer practitioners a thorough understanding of the concepts, skills and tools necessary for the practice of whole person care from a clinician-patient interaction standpoint, while the last two chapters review the myriad implications of whole person care for medical practice. An invaluable resource for all areas of medical practice and for practitioners at all stages of development, from medical students to physicians and allied health providers with many years of experience, Whole Person Care: A New Paradigm for the 21st Century will have a profound impact on western medical practice in North America and elsewhere.


Compassion Death Anxiety Empathy Healing Language of medicine Narrative Medicine Palliative Medicine Physician-patient Professional-patient relationship Rhetoric of medicine Self-care Separation and attachment theory Whole Person Care Wounding

Editors and affiliations

  • Tom A. Hutchinson
    • 1
  1. 1.McGill Programs in Whole Person CareMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4419-9439-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4419-9440-0
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