Coping with Physical Illness

  • Rudolf H. Moos

Part of the Current Topics in Mental Health book series (CTMH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Overview and Perspective

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Rudolf H. Moos, Vivien Davis Tsu
      Pages 3-21
  3. The Crisis of Illness: Stillbirth and Birth Defects

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-26
    2. Pat Ludder Jackson
      Pages 27-34
    3. George M. Burnell
      Pages 35-41
    4. Deborah A. Golden, Jessica G. Davis
      Pages 43-54
  4. The Crisis of Illness: Cancer

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 55-58
    2. John Hinton
      Pages 59-72
    3. Lester David
      Pages 73-79
    4. David M. Kaplan, Aaron Smith, Rose Grobstein, Stanley E. Fischman
      Pages 81-96
  5. The Crisis of Illness: Cardiovascular Disease

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 97-101
    2. Howard A. Wishnie, Thomas P. Hackett, Ned H. Cassem
      Pages 103-112
    3. Judith Gregorie D’Afflitti, G. Wayne Weitz
      Pages 135-144
  6. The Crisis of Illness: Severe Burns

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 145-147
    2. Gene A. Brodland, N. J. C. Andreasen
      Pages 167-176
  7. The Crisis of Illness: Chronic Conditions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 177-181
    2. Alan Tropauer, Martha Neal Franz, Victor W. Dilgard
      Pages 201-218
    3. Beverly A. Myers, Stanford B. Friedman, Irving B. Weiner
      Pages 219-232
  8. The Crisis of Treatment: Unusual Hospital Environments

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 233-236
    2. Donald S. Kornfeld
      Pages 237-249
    3. Samuel C. Klagsbrun
      Pages 251-264
  9. The Crisis of Treatment: Survival by Machine

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 281-285
    2. Clarissa D. Williams
      Pages 287-293
    3. Franz Reichsman, Norman B. Levy
      Pages 311-328
  10. The Crisis of Treatment: Organ Transplants

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 329-333
    2. Michael L. Adler
      Pages 343-351
  11. The Crisis of Treatment: Stresses on Staff

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 367-370
    2. Susan Quinby, Norman R. Bernstein
      Pages 371-380
    3. Donald Hay, Donald Oken
      Pages 381-396
  12. The Final Crisis: Death and the Fear of Dying

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 397-401
    2. Claire Safran
      Pages 403-411
    3. Robert E. Kavanaugh
      Pages 413-419
    4. Stanley B. Goldberg
      Pages 421-433
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 435-440

About this book


This book discusses how human beings cope with serious physical ill­ ness and injury. A conceptual model for understanding the process of coping with the crisis of illness is provided, and basic adaptive tasks and types of coping skills are identified. The major portion of the book is organized around various types of physical illness. These physical illnesses, which almost all people face either in themselves or their family members, raise common relevant coping issues. The last few sections cover "the crisis of treatment," emphasizing the importance of unusual hospital environments and radical new medical treatments, of stresses on professional staff, and of issues related to death and the fear of dying. The material highlights the fact that people can successfully cope with life crises such as major ill­ ness and injury, rather than the fact that severe symptoms and/or breakdowns sometimes occur. The importance of support from professional care-givers, such as physicians, nurses, and social workers, and from family, friends, and other sources of help in the community, is emphasized. Many of the selections include case examples which serve to illustrate the material. Coping with Physical Illness has been broadly conceived to meet the needs of a diverse audience. There is substantial information about how human beings cope with illness and physical disability, but this material has never been collected in one place.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Rudolf H. Moos
    • 1
  1. 1.Stanford University Medical Center and Veterans Administration HospitalPalo AltoUSA

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