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Medical Marriages

Edited by Glen O. Gabbard, M.D., and Roy W. Menninger, M.D.

  • ISBN 978-0-88048-260-8
  • Item #8260

Description

A variety of authors examine the inner workings of the physician’s marriage—the psychological issues and sources of conflict that emerge in the various stages of marriage and family. The authors include notable experts who share their years of clinical experience in helping physicians and their families learn new ways to improve communication, balance the demands of work and family, and grow and change together constructively.

Contents

The impossible dream. The time of our lives: sources of conflict in the medical marriage. The psychology of the physician. Traditional marriages. Perspective of a medical wife: surviving on the edge of the spotlight. Psychological issues for the woman physician. The woman physician’s marriage. Sexual problems in physician couples. The occupational hazards of having a physician father. The medical marriage at midlife. Marital therapy of physician couples. Responsibility to self and others: improving the medical marriage.

About the Authors

Glen O. Gabbard, M.D., is Professor and Director of the Baylor Psychiatry Clinic at the Baylor College of Medicine and Training and Supervising Analyst at the Houston-Galveston Psychoanalytic Institute in Houston, Texas. He was previously Director of the Menninger Hospital in Topeka, Kansas. Dr. Gabbard is the author or editor of sixteen books and currently is joint Editor-in-Chief and Editor for North America of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis. His numerous awards include the 2000 Mary Sigourney Award for outstanding contributions to psychoanalysis.

Roy W. Menninger, M.D., is Past President and CEO of the Menninger Foundation and a member of the faculty of the Karl Menninger School of Psychiatry and Mental Health Sciences. He is also Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Kansas School of Medicine–Wichita, Kansas

Most physicians and most spouses of physicians will find something in the clinical vignettes with which to identify, and most will want to ensure that their partners not only read but take to heart certain pages.—American Journal of Psychiatry


I recommend Medical Marriages as a model of applied psychoanalysis, free of jargon and persuasively written. A large number of readers will recognize themselves and their spouses in these pages and may find in them useful tools for understanding the source of marital dissatisfactions, as well as sound suggestions for growth and change.—JAMA

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