The Crisis of Physical Illness: An Overview

  • Rudolf H. Moos
  • Vivien Davis Tsu
Part of the Current Topics in Mental Health book series (CTMH)


The human capacity to overcome the pain and suffering of severe physical disease is immense. People often continue to function under the most harrowing life circumstances. How can this be? Why don’t people simply give up under the stress of severe physical illness? What are the tasks which they must successfully negotiate? What are the coping skills which facilitate effective recovery? How can medical staff enhance the psychological healing process? This book is addressed to these questions.


Coping Strategy Coping Skill Physical Illness Rheumatic Heart Disease Psychosomatic Medicine 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. 1.
    Backus, F. I., & Dudley, D. L. Observations of psychosocial factors and their relationship to organic disease. International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine, 1974, 5, 499–515.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. 2.
    Caplan, G. Principles of preventive psychiatry. New York: Basic Books, 1964.Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Erikson, E. H. Childhood and society (2nd ed.). New York: W. W. Norton, 1963.Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    Gruen, W. Effects of brief psychotherapy during the hospitalization period on the recovery process in heart attacks. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 1975, 43, 223–232.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. 5.
    Hamburg, D., & Adams, J. E. A perspective on coping behavior. Archives of General Psychiatry, 1967, 17, 277–284.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. 6.
    Harrell, H. C. To lose a breast. American Journal of Nursing. 1972, 72, 616–611.Google Scholar
  7. 7.
    Insel, P. M., & Moos, R. H. (Eds.). Health and the social environment. Lexington, Massachusetts: D. C. Heath, 1974.Google Scholar
  8. 8.
    Lazarus, R. S. Psychological stress and coping in adaptation and illness. International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine, 1974, 5, 321–333.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  9. 9.
    Lipowski, Z. J. Physical illness, the individual and the coping processes. Psychiatry in Medicine, 1970, 1, 91–102.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  10. 10.
    Lund, D. Eric. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott, 1974.Google Scholar
  11. 11.
    Moos, R. H. The human context: Environmental determinants of behavior. New York: Wiley-Interscience, 1976, Chap. 4. (a)Google Scholar
  12. 12.
    Moos, R. H. Evaluating and changing community settings. American Journal of Community Psychology, in press, 1976. (b)Google Scholar
  13. 13.
    Moos, R. H., & Tsu, V. D. Human competence and coping. In R. H. Moos (Ed.), Human adaptation: Coping with life crises. Lexington, Massachusetts: D. C. Heath, 1976.Google Scholar
  14. 14.
    Valens, E. G. The other side of the mountain. New York: Warner Paperback Library, 1975.Google Scholar
  15. 15.
    White, R., & Liddon, S. Ten survivors of cardiac arrest. Psychiatry in Medicine, 1972, 3, 219–225.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  16. 16.
    Wittkower, E. D. Historical perspective of contemporary psychosomatic medicine. International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine, 1974, 5, 309–319.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1977

Authors and Affiliations

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

Personalised recommendations