Illness and Help-Seeking Behavior

  • Hoyle Leigh
  • Morton F. Reiser


In the past, the term patient used to mean a person who was suffering or enduring pain, related to the word patience (Webster’s Third New International Dictionary). Modern usage of the term patient denotes a person who is seeking or is being given medical care. Although an illness usually leads an individual to seek medical help, not all who are ill become patients nor are all patients necessarily ill.


Varicose Vein Socioeconomic Class Illness Behavior International Dictionary Social Class Difference 
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© Hoyle Leigh and Morton F. Reiser 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hoyle Leigh
    • 1
    • 2
  • Morton F. Reiser
    • 3
  1. 1.Yale University School of MedicineNew HavenUSA
  2. 2.Psychiatric Consultation-Liaison and Outpatient ServicesYale-New Haven HospitalNew HavenUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychiatryYale University School of MedicineNew HavenUSA

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