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February 10, 1984

Psychology and Medical Care

Author Affiliations

Center for Forensic Psychiatry Ann Arbor, Mich

JAMA. 1984;251(6):809. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03340300093043

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This basic psychology text written by two English authors is an attempt to "provide a basic grounding in psychology" that is "presented in such a way as to draw out the relevance of the subject to medicine." The text is indeed basic and is a mixture of material appropriate for freshman psychology and introductory psychology in a medical school classroom. Moving from the external environment to the internal environment, the authors mix research studies with personal experiences in patient care. There is a large section on the social context that discusses in some depth current thinking on the "sick role."

Part 2 of the book is devoted to human development and is an overview of a person's early social relationships, focusing on parent-infant interaction, bonding, and separation. An overview of human sexuality follows, and finally a chapter on adjustment to life changes concludes that section.

Part 3 focuses on doctor-patient