The Family in Medical Practice

A Family Systems Primer

  • Michael A. Crouch
  • Leonard Roberts

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Janet Christie-Seely, Michael A. Crouch
    Pages 1-27
  3. Howard F. Stein
    Pages 28-49
  4. Leonard Roberts
    Pages 50-73
  5. Leonard Roberts
    Pages 74-96
  6. Lisa Baker
    Pages 97-111
  7. Thomas Campbell, Susan McDaniel
    Pages 112-139
  8. Karen Weihs, Karen Kingsolver
    Pages 140-173
  9. Michael A. Crouch, Terry Davis
    Pages 174-192
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 224-256

About this book


My practice life has spanned 36 years and during that time I have been involved in untangling countless mysterious maladies-or at least trying to do so. All of these efforts were without the benefit of any formal training about family systems. I am greatly encouraged by this book because it first draws attention to the intricate web that mankind has woven for itself. The family physician has often been caught up in this web, and therefore rendered impotent. Efforts to understand all of this are to be applauded. It has been my good fortune to know the editors, Leonard Roberts and Michael Crouch and, as a family physician, I feel that their "hearts are in the right place." They have grown up, medically speaking, in an era when society has become more complex, where life is not easy. Birth and its medical participants are suspect; childhood is complicated by divorce and loneliness; adolescence is a time of aimless searching; young adults are hard pressed to earn a living; the quality of life is being threatened somewhat by the overgrowth of high technology; dying with dignity is at a premium. The editors are to be commended for helping us clarify the role of the family physician in all of this.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Michael A. Crouch
    • 1
  • Leonard Roberts
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Family Medicine and Comprehensive CareLouisiana State University School of MedicineShreveportUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of RochesterRochesterUSA

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