Professional and Legal Issues in Behavioral Medicine

  • D. A. Begelman


As in other areas of inquiry marked by new frontiers of research and the emergence of fresh professional roles, behavioral medicine is bound to be an arena of spirited activity for some time to come. Discussions of its scope will be an aspect of this activity, and the Yale Conference on behavioral medicine (Schwartz & Weiss, 1978) represented a preliminary effort to define the field. However, it would be premature to attach lasting significance to definitions fated to be outmoded by unexpected directions the field eventually takes. Applications of behavioral science principles will fill whatever void they must. Because of this, the compass of “behavioral medicine” may extend beyond boundaries fixed by the best informed judgment of what it should be.


Behavior Modification Eating Disorder Behavioral Medicine Professional Practice American Psychological Association 
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  • D. A. Begelman
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  1. 1.Three CornersNew MilfordUSA

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