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Psychology and Sociology Applied to Medicine

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ISBN: 978-0-7020-6298-8

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Psychology and Sociology Applied to Medicine , 4th Edition

An Illustrated Colour Text

By Edwin van Teijlingen, MA, MEd, PhD and Gerald M Humphris, PhD, MClinPsychol, CPsychol, FRCP Edin

193 pages
Trim Size 8 1/4 X 11 11/16 in
Copyright 2019
$61.99, Paperback, Reference

A title in the Illustrated Colour Text Series.

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Now in its fourth edition, this definitive and popular introduction to human behaviour in the context of health and illness includes three new chapters, many new contributors and a new co-editor.

It is arranged in nine sections to cover the core concepts of psychology and sociology as they apply to medicine.

  1. The life cycle
  2. Development of the person
  3. Society and health
  4. Preventing illness and promoting health
  5. Illness, behaviour and the doctor-patient encounter
  6. Illness and disability
  7. Coping with illness and disability
  8. Hoe do health services work
  9. How do you fit into all this?


From reviews of the previous edition:

‘Fabulous product which oozes quality. Does the job to a tee, was sceptical before purchase as so cheap but it is the best on the market to do this job.’

‘An illustrated colour text covering off all aspects of the lifespan as well as health promotion, society and health and how health services work - to name but a few.’

‘Each chapter has case studies, "stop-think" sections which encourage active reflection, and reinforcement of learning through small, bite-sized reinforced chunks of information.’

‘… a really fundamental textbook for any first- or second-year medical student. It really helps you to appreciate the "non-science" side of medicine; how important it is to understand where the patient is coming from, geographically and ideologically. Also, this book deals amazingly well with current issues, such as social difficulties stemming from genetic testing. The double-page spread format interspersed with extension boxes and pictures is a really easy read and a first-rate revision tool. Indispensable book….’

Key Features

  • Topics presented as self-contained double-page spreads.
  • Cases throughout to reinforce understanding of important concepts.
  • Boxes and discussion points throughout.
  • The authors comprise psychologists, sociologists and doctors.
  • Highly illustrated

New to this Edition

  • 48 new contributors
  • New co-editor, Gerry Humphris
  • 3 new chapters:

Malnutrition and obesity

Urban nature health and well-being

LGBT Health

Table of Contents
Author Information

By Edwin van Teijlingen, MA, MEd, PhD, Professor, Bournemouth University, Bournemouth, UK Honorary Professor, School of Health Sciences, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK Visiting Professor, Nobel College, Pokhara University, Kathmandu, Nepal Visiting Professor, Manmohan Memorial Institute of Health Sciences, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal and Gerald M Humphris, PhD, MClinPsychol, CPsychol, FRCP Edin, Professor, Medical School, University of St Andrews, St Andrews, UK Honorary Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Edinburgh Cancer Centre, NHS Lothian, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh, UK

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