Behavioral Medicine, Theory and Practice
Publisher: Williams & Wilkins
Publication Date: 1979-06
Number of pages: 308
This volume represents an attempt to define behavioral medicine by reviewing the methodology and technology on which it is based and by presenting representative applications. At present there is no source book that provides--within one cover--a systematic and comprehensive discussion of the historical, methodological, experimental, and clinical issues that face this burgeoning new field. Reviews on biofeedback (Birk, 1973), psychosomatic medicine (Lipowski, 19770, self-management (Mahoney and Thoresen, 1974), weight control (Stunkard, 1975), and preventive medicine (Pomerleau, Bass, and Crown, 1975) have been helpful, but because they have been directed to specialized audiences the general implications of the approach have yet to be communicated to the many scientists and physicians whose qualifications and interests make them likely contributors to research and practice in behavioral medicine. A number of excellent books have dealt with behavioral medicine indirectly as part of a general survey of behavior therapy (Leitenberg, 1976) or directly in a compendium of reprinted articles (Katz and Zlutnick, 1975) or published papers form a conference (Williams and Gentry, 1977). In contrast, the present volume is an integrated text with original critical evaluations by leading clinicians and researchers which treats both basic concepts and clinical applications. Given the recent rapid development of the field, there is a need for a well-elaborated introduction to behavioral medicine-one which allows the medical practitioner to grasp the potential benefits of the scientific analysis of behavior and which also allows the behavioral scientist to recognize the medical significance of various health habits. We hope that Behavioral Medicine: Theory and Practice will serve as a stimulus for increased interaction and collaboration between professionals with service orientation...and basic scientists and methodologists....