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Psychology for Medicine

Electronic Inspection Copy available for instructors here 'As the fundamental importance of psychological aspects of medical practice becomes ever more evident, and a correspondingly greater knowledge of psychology is required of medical graduates by bodies such as the UK General Medical Council, books like this one must become essential reading for all medical students' - Michael Sharpe MD, FRCP FRCPsych, Professor of Psychological Medicine, Psychological Medicine Research, University of Edinburgh This first-of-its-kind, comprehensive textbook covers all the psychology an undergraduate medical student needs to know. The authors show the importance of applied psychological theory and evidence to medicine, and offer enough depth on the subject to span an entire degree. This book is a unique mix of psychological theory and evidence with implications for clinical practice, clinical tips and case studies. After an introduction, the text is split into four key sections that suit all curricula: * Psychology and Health covers core health psychology topics such as stress, symptom perception, health behaviour and chronic illness * Basic Foundations of Psychology covers topics from biological, developmental, cognitive and social psychology that are relevant to medicine * Body Systems covers psychological research specific to body systems, including cardiovascular, respiratory, gastro-intestinal, immunology and reproduction * Health-Care Practice covers clinical skills and practice, including chapters on evidence-based medicine, communication skills and psychological intervention. With a full colour text design, each chapter follows the same accessible format which includes summaries, learning objectives, case studies, research examples, applications to clinical practice, further reading and short answer questions. They include the latest psychological theory and research evidence. Praise from students: 'Really good. Interesting, enjoyable, succinct, robust in all areas...THIS is what will get medical students to start thinking about the importance of psychology' 'Very good! Easy to read and interesting subject matter covered' '...flows well when reading and is easy to follow from one section to the next...unlike many textbooks, it is really easy to read and follow' 'I liked the use of examples and the non-intimidating style. It doesn't assume knowledge of the subject but at the same time manages not to be patronising' 'The summaries at the end of each section were useful, as they helped break a large amount of information into sizable chunks. The life orientation test is great, as it encourages you to actively think about what you have just read' 'Excellent...The factual tone will appeal to medical students and the inclusion of slightly quirky studies such as those looking at cardiovascular stress and football matches make it a very engaging read' '...succinct in style, highlighting relevant research that illustrates important psychological aspects of medicine. Nicely broken up by boxes, case studies and key research...the textbook's final design could make it ideal for the intended 'dipping in and out' 'I really liked reading the case studies on narratives of illness. For me, reading about actual people makes everything more interesting' 'Really interesting and relevant...incredibly useful for the first 2 years of medical school and also as a reference point if problems arise with communication in the future' 'Overall I found it very easy to follow what was being said and I would definitely consider using this book to supplement a lecture and for reference' 'Written at a good level, very understandable with good use of examples and references to popular culture. Interesting to read even not as an academic text' 'Presented in a simple, yet engaging manner and suitable to a wide range of readers, from laypeople, to students and qualified professionals' 'The inclusion of one of Churchill's most amusing quotes made me smile. This was both funny and was still kept relevant' 'I like the critical analysis of the research that is presented and the clinical application of the research which is discussed' 'I liked the part about how people's perception of asthma affects their management of their condition and felt this would be useful to future doctors in any area, who look after people with long-term health problems'
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Table of Contents

Psychology and Medicine Psychology and medicine What is Health? Why is Psychology Important? Different Approaches to MedicinePART ONE: PSYCHOLOGY AND HEALTHMotivation, Emotion and Health Motivation Motivation & Health Emotion Emotion & HealthStress and Health What is Stress? Stress & Health Stress in Medicine Managing StressSymptoms and Illness Symptom Perception Pain Placebo & Nocebo Effects Illness Beliefs & RepresentationsHealth and Behaviour Predicting & Changing Health Behaviour Health Belief Model Theory of Planned Behaviour Transtheoretical Model PRIME TheoryChronic Illness, Death and Dying Chronic Illness Psychological Intervention Death & Dying Death & Medical PracticePART TWO: BASIC FOUNDATIONS OF PSYCHOLOGYBrain and Behaviour Components & Organisation of the Nervous System Communication Between Neurons Structure of the Brain & Central Nervous System Control of Movement Sleep, Consciousness & Bological CocksDevelopment across the Lifespan Childhood Adolescence Adulthood Old AgeSocial Context Attitudes Self Pychology Individuals & Goups Aggression Prosocial BhaviourLearning, Perception and Memory Perception Attention Learning MemoryPART THREE: BODY SYSTEMSImmunity and Protection Infection, Iflammation & Imunity Psychological Apects of Imune Dsorders Skin CancerCardiovascular and Respiratory Cardiovascular Halth Respiratory HalthGastrointestinal Psychological Fctors & the GI Sstem Lifestyle & GI health GI DsordersReproduction and Endocrinology Reproduction Endocrine Disorders & Psychosocial Well-BeingGenitourinary Sexual Health Sexually Transmitted Infections Prostate & Testicular Cancer Urinary Incontinence & Renal FailurePsychiatry and Neuropsychological Rehabilitation Psychiatry Diagnosis & Treatment of Psychiatric Disorders Neurological Disorders Neuropsychological Assessment & Rehabilitation PART FOUR: HEALTH CARE PRACTICEEvidence-Based Medicine Evidence-Based medicine Adherence to Treatment Doctor-Patient Communication Clinical Interviewing How We Communicate Clinical Interviewing Difficult Interviews Giving Bad NewsPsychological Intervention What Do Psychologists Do? Which Therapy is Best? Psychological Intervention in Medical Settings

About the Author

Susan Ayers Susan is a psychologist specialising in women's wellbeing and mental health during pregnancy and after birth. She is a professor at City, University of London where she leads the Centre for Maternal and Child Health Research, and a visiting professor at the University of Sussex. Susan is a chartered health psychologist and cognitive behaviour therapist. Since obtaining her PhD from the University of London, Susan has worked at St. George's Hospital Medical School (London) and Brighton and Sussex Medical School (Sussex). Susan is lead author of Psychology for Medicine (2011, 2017) and editor of the Cambridge Handbook of Psychology, Health and Medicine (2007, 2018). She has given numerous invited lectures and workshops and was awarded the Annual Lecturer Prize by the Society of Reproductive and Infant Psychology in 2012. Richard de Visser Richard teaches at Brighton & Sussex Medical School and in the School of Psychology at the University of Sussex, where has received awards for his individual and group teaching. He was co-author of Psychology for Medicine (Sage, 2011). Richard completed a BSc in psychology at the University of Melbourne, and a PhD at the Australian Research centre in Sex, Health & Society. He completed post-doctoral work at Birkbeck College, University of London before moving to Sussex where he was Lecturer, then Senior Lecturer, and now Reader in Psychology. Richard's research interests span a broad range of topics in health psychology, including: sexuality and relationships; gender and health; alcohol use; use of health services; and cross-cultural analyses. He has expertise in qualitative and quantitative methods, intervention studies, and mixed-methods designs.


At last, a good comprehensive textbook on psychology for medical students. I'll be sure to recommend this to my students. -- Katie Lock??? It's a great textbook, the application to Medicine is nicely outlined and the case studies illustrating the points further are brilliant. It's easy to read and follow and really highlights the importance of Psychology in Medicine. I will definitely be recommending this text to my students! -- Dr Harbinder Sandhu??? A welcome text that fulfills a niche for books on behavioural and social sciences written for medical students. Other books provide an introductory overview but a more detailed textbook is needed which clearly demonstrates a contemporary evidence base for the role of psychology in medicine. The book achieves this. The systems based approach and the focus on psychological skills are also welcomed. -- Judith Anne Rock??? As the fundamental importance of psychological aspects of medical practice becomes ever more evident, and a correspondingly greater knowledge of psychology is required of medical graduates by bodies such as the UK General Medical Council, books like this one must become essential reading for all medical students. -- Michael Sharpe MD, FRCP FRCPsych,

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