February 1969

Teaching Psychosocial Aspects of Patient Care.

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By Bernard Schoenberg, Helen F. Pettit, and Arthur C. Carr. Price $8.50. Pp 420. Columbia University Press, 440 W 110th St, New York 10025, 1968.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1969;20(2):249-250. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1969.01740140121020

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This is an exceedingly well-written book describing the multidisciplinary approach to integrating behavioral sciences or psychological and sociological concepts in the nursing school curriculum. Presently, in the health profession there is an increasing interest and emphasis on treating and caring for the patient as a whole being—using the comprehensive approach to care. Much of the teaching and practice in the health fields today is geared toward a "wholistic" approach or orientation. Many nursing schools are revamping their educational programs and attempting to integrate psychological and sociological concepts into the teaching of the total nursing program. The multidisciplinary approach seems to be an excellent way to integrate behavioral science concepts and this book describes in detail the mechanics of implementation, the problems, and the success of such a program. The book is an outcome of a symposium workshop sponsored by the Department of Psychiatry and Nursing

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