Psychology and Medicine: This Book

  • David Griffiths
Part of the Psychology for Professional Groups book series


There are two broad aspects of psychology which are important for doctors. One of these consists of those skills in interacting with others which the doctor needs if he is to make an effective contribution to the welfare of his patients and of the Health Service in general. The second consists of the broad range of psychological knowledge and information which has been accumulated by psychologists and others (e.g. Rachman, 1977) and is again relevant to the provision of effective and efficient services to both individual patients and groups.


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  1. Chapman, A.J. and Gale, A. (in press) Psychology and People: A tutorial text. London: Macmillan/British Psychological Society.Google Scholar
  2. Eysenck, H.J. (1973) Handbook of Abnormal Psychology (2nd edn). London: Pitman.Google Scholar
  3. Hilgard, E.R., Atkinson, R.C. and Atkinson, R.L. (1971) Introduction to Psychology (5th edn). New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.Google Scholar
  4. Holding, D.H. (1965) Principles of Training. Oxford: Pergamon Press.Google Scholar
  5. Rachman, S. (1977) Contributions to Medical Psychology, Volume 1. Oxford: Pergamon Press.Google Scholar
  6. Rachman, S. and Philips, H.C. (1978) Psychology and Medicine. Harmondsworth: Penguin.Google Scholar
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Annotated reading

  1. Davison, G.C. and Neale, J.M. (1974) Abnormal Psychology: An experimental clinical approach. New York: Wiley. This is a well-written, illustrated and clear account of clinical psychological aspects of psychiatry. It also contains an introductory section on theory and empirical research in psychology, and then reviews the contribution of psychology to the various categories of psychiatric disorder such as depression, schizophrenia, etc.Google Scholar
  2. Eysenck, H.J. (1976) Psychology as a bio-social science. In H.J. Eysenck and G. Wilson (eds), A Textbook of Human Psychology. Lancaster: MTP Press. This is a useful contemporary introduction to psychology as a discipline which attempts to integrate biological and social approaches in the explanation of behaviour and psychological functioning.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Rachman, S. and Philips, H.C. (1978) Psychology and Medicine. Harmondsworth: Penguin. This should be read as a companion volume to the Davison and Neale textbook since it reviews the contribution of psychology to a selection of clinical problems outside psychiatry. Among the topics covered are aspects of child care, headaches and sleep problems.Google Scholar

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