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Psychology for Medicine



December 2010 | 552 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
"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, books like this one must become essential reading for all medical students."
- Michael Sharpe MD, FRCP FRCPsych, Professor of Psychological Medicine, University of Edinburgh

"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!"
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 Dr Harbinder Sandhu, Health Psychology Institute of Clinical Education, University of Warwick

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.

Split into four sections, the book is a unique mix of psychological theory and evidence with implications for clinical practice, clinical tips and case studies.
  • Psychology and Health: covers core topics such as stress, symptom perception, health behaviour and chronic illness.
  • Basic Foundations of Psychology: explores areas of biological, developmental, cognitive and social psychology relevant to medicine.
  • Body Systems: 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.

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

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, University of Edinburgh

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???
Undergraduate School of Medicine, Keele University

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???
Health Psychology Institute of Clinical Education,???? University of Warwick

At last, a good comprehensive textbook on psychology for medical students. I'll be sure to recommend this to my students.

Katie Lock???
Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University

This is a very complete book, giving overview on psychology in medicine on a broad scope. The essence is brought and accompanied with practical examples. So, in short, to get an overview, its a perfect book.
And that's also it's limitation. I was studying this book for a opportunity to use it in a more public health oriented course. And in that perspective, the information is too small.
An excellent book for 101 courses on academic level.

Mr Hugo Stappers
Faculty of Medical Sciences, Radboud University Nijmegen
January 6, 2016

This is a really good book for those either teaching psychology to clinicians or for clinicians who are studying psychology as relevant to their field. Each chapter is comprehensively laid out with a list of contents, learning objectives, activities and revision questions as well as case studies, clinical notes and examples of applied research. Different sections justify the relevance of psychology to health and consider basic aspects of psychology as well as illustrating the relevance of psychology to body systems and healthcare practice. These different perspectives allow one to broach this topic from a variety of directions with helpful cross-referencing to facilitate remedial learning if required.

Dr Andrea Waylen
Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, Bristol University
November 4, 2015

Highly informative and relevant for many health students. Addressed a "gap" in the market.

Dr Peter Leadbetter
Health & Social Care, Edge Hill University
June 8, 2015

Great introduction to psychological theory for medicine

Miss Kathryn Bould
Dental Institute, King's College London
March 5, 2015

Excellent book for an introduction to psychology for medical students who may well be unaware of psychological concepts.

Dr Jasmine Hearn
The Department of Psychology, The University of Buckingham
January 6, 2015

This is a great book, and I'm glad it is presenting psychology for a healthcare audience (not just medicine I think) in an colourful and attractive way.

However, my students on this module have a background of two years in psychology prior to this module and it is not quite right for their needs. I would wholeheartedly recommend it if the audience were medical students or those of another healthcare discipline (e.g. nursing).

Dr Francis Quinn
School of Applied Social Studies, Robert Gordon University
November 13, 2013

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Susan Ayers

Susan AyersSusan 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... More About Author

Richard de Visser

Richard de VisserRichard 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... More About Author

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