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Psychological Factors Affecting Medical Conditions

G. Alan Stoudemire, M.D.

  • ISBN 978-0-88048-708-5
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This book examines evidence suggesting that psychiatric disorders may complicate medical illness, that personality may influence the onset and course of illness, and that psychosocial treatments may influence medical as well as psychiatric outcome. Psychological Factors Affecting Medical Conditions is a collection of articles that originally appeared in Psychosomatics.


  • Psychological factors affecting medical conditions and DSM-IV: an overview. Cardiovascular disease: Part I: coronary artery disease and sudden death. Cardiovascular disease: Part II: coronary artery disease and sudden death by hypertension. Neurological condition: depression and stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, and epilepsy. Cancer onset and progression. Gastrointestinal conditions. Pulmonary and rheumatologic diseases. End-stage renal disease. Endocrine disease. Psychological factors affecting medical conditions: Summary.

About the Authors

Alan Stoudemire, M.D., was Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Director of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry at Emory University School of Medicine, and Chief of Psychiatry at Emory University Hospital and Clinic in Atlanta, Georgia.

This book is concise yet well-documented, with references through 1993. The authors have succeeded admirably in defining the current state of knowledge of their areas of psychosomatic medicine.—Psychiatric Times

Psychological Factors Affecting Medical Conditions is an excellent book that helps unravel complicated mind-body interactions in order to advance the clinical practice of medicine. It should be read by mental health personnel, as well as other medical specialists interested in providing optimal care to patients.—General Hospital Psychiatry

Psychological Factors Affecting Medical Conditions would be a useful addition to the libraries of both psychiatric and nonpsychiatric physicians, as well as psychologists, who desire an introductory overview of the interrelationships among psychological and medical outcomes.—Contemporary Psychology

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