Patient-Centered Medicine: A Human Experience emphasizes the health professional’s role in caring for patients as unique individuals by focusing on patients’ psychological and ...
Patient-Centered Medicine: A Human Experience
emphasizes the health professional’s role in caring for patients as unique individuals by focusing on patients’ psychological and social realities as well as their biological needs. The text concerns itself with caring for the whole patient, and outlines the basic principles (acceptance, empathy, conceptualization, and competence) involved in developing a biopsychosocial approach to medical practice. This is a volume of guidelines to help you to develop and master the following: basic attitudes (awareness, disorganization, and reorganization) and interviewing skills; the realization that the experience of illness depends on the person, challenges of illness, coping, problem patients, the nature of the healing process, touching, healing and the biopsychosocial model, medicine’s existential quest, and desiderata. According to Andrew Weil, MD, “Patient-Centered Medicine: A Human Experience
is a timely and welcome publication …. Integrative medicine also emphasizes the importance of the practitioner–patient relationship in the healing process…. Medical students and doctors in training will find it especially useful” (Foreword, this edition) According to Norman Cousins, “[this is] a book filled with compassion and insight … attach the highest value to your science… it is our respect for the human soul that determines the worth of our science” (Foreword, 1st edition).Less