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December 1977

Psychosocial Aspects of Cancer Patient Care: A Self-Instructional Text

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San Francisco

Arch Otolaryngol. 1977;103(12):745. doi:10.1001/archotol.1977.00780290081021

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Abstract

This book, which is a companion to the text A Comprehensive Approach to Rehabilitation of the Cancer Patient by the same author, is intended to be used by health care professionals whose knowledge of cancer and basic psychological terms, concepts, and methods used in cancer patient care is limited. It may also be used by more experienced workers for review or teaching and should be read by medical students. The text is interspersed with review questions. Each chapter ends with definitions, references, and suggested readings. The six chapters cover the following: "What is Cancer?" "Understanding the Patient with Cancer," "Communication," "Personality and Adjustment," "Pain," and "Death and Dying." The book concludes with chapter tests, classification of abnormal reaction patterns, and a text evaluation form.

The author has attempted to cover an enormous amount of material in one volume. The result is somewhat uneven. The strength of the material is found

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