The latest edition of this popular textbook on the behavioral and social sciences in medicine has been fully revised and updated to meet the latest teaching recommendations by the National Academy of Medicine (NAM). It is an invaluable resource for behavioral science foundation courses and exam preparation in the fields of medicine and health, including the USMLE Step 1. Its 23 chapters are divided into five core sections: mind–body interactions in health and disease, patient behavior, the physician’s role, physician–patient interactions, and social and cultural issues in health care.
Under the careful guidance and editing of Danny Wedding, PhD, Distinguished Consulting Faculty Member, Saybrook University, Oakland, CA, and Margaret L. Stuber, MD, Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA, nearly 40 leading educators from major medical faculties have contributed to produce this well-designed textbook.
The following unique features of Behavior and Medicine make it one of the most popular textbooks for teaching behavioral sciences:
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From the Foreword of the 6th edition
“The journey to advance the role of the behavioral and social sciences in medicine and medical education most certainly takes another step forward with the publication of this new edition of Behavior and Medicine. It will become a vital resource for educators, a portal for learning for students, and an invaluable reference for practicing clinicians.”
Clarence H. Braddock III, MD, MPH, MACP, Professor of Medicine and Vice Dean for Education, Maxine and Eugene Rosenfeld Chair in Medical Education, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
From the reviews of the 5th edition
"About 10 to 15 percent of the USMLE Step 1 final exam concentrates on behavioral science: Students should be aware of developmental markers, the potential influence of personality, problems associated with addiction, risk factors for divorce, and so on. All of these issues and the other issues needed for the USMLE are covered in Behavior and Medicine."
Stuart W. G. Derbyshire in PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 56 (6), 2011
"Targeted specifically for medical students with the goal of helping them pass the behavioral science section of the USMLE, this book is extraordinarily useful for all those interested in the interaction of behavior and medicine. [...] Composed of 25 chapters, the book is divided into six main parts. [...] [The core] themes are brought to life with poems, paintings, and photographs. Each chapter, moreover, contains a summary of important concepts followed by a case study emphasizing key principles. [...] This book masterfully explores the multidimensional nature of medicine [and] teaches medical students to be excellent diagnosticians in addition to compassionate physician healers. [...] The principles elucidated in this book are true keystones of medical education."
Bradley R. Cutler, MD, Rush University Medical Center, in Doody’s Book Reviews
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