The Psychology of the Physically Ill Patient

A Clinician’s Guide

  • Margaret E. Backman
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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Introduction Psychotherapy: An Adjunct to Medical Treatment

  3. Understanding the Physically Ill Patient

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  4. Treating the Physically Ill Patient

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  5. Practical and Philosophical Considerations: The Therapist’s Role

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  6. Psychological Interventions: Empirical and Theoretical Approaches

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About this book

Introduction

The intent of this book is to examine the psychological and social worlds of physically ill patients-an area that particularly needs attention today, since the great advances in medical science have caused many to minimize pa­ tients' emotional concerns. However, the pendulum has begun to swing back to the interrelationship of body and mind. Quality of life is again becoming a critical consideration in treatment. In writing the book I have drawn upon my own clinical experiences as a psychologist working with the physically ill. I have also drawn upon studies of the psychological factors in medical illness, and I was pleased to find a growing body of research. Although the book is primarily directed to psy­ chotherapists, it will benefit anyone involved in the care of those with medical problems, such as family and friends, as well as medical professionals. vii Acknowledgments I would particularly like to thank Redjeb Jordania for his endless patience, support, and encouragement from the very beginning of this project, and for his valuable suggestions and editorial comments along the way.

Keywords

attention intervention psychological intervention psychology suicide

Authors and affiliations

  • Margaret E. Backman
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    • 2
  1. 1.Office of Health ServicesBarnard College, Columbia UniversityNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryNew York University Medical CenterNew YorkUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4899-0903-9
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1989
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4899-0905-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4899-0903-9
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