Whole Person Care: A New Paradigm for the 21st Century

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Tom A. Hutchinson
Springer Science & Business Media, May 6, 2011 - Medical - 234 pages
A ground-breaking new volume and the first of its kind to concisely outline and explicate the emerging field of whole person care process, Whole Person Care: A New Paradigm for the 21st Century organizes the disparate strains of literature on the topic. It does so by clarifying the concept of 'whole person' and also by outlining the challenges and opportunities that death anxiety poses to the practice of whole person care. Whole person care seeks to study, understand and promote the role of health care in relieving suffering and promoting healing in acute and chronic illness as a complement to the disease focus of biomedicine. The focus is on the whole person -- physical, emotional, social, and spiritual. Using concise, easy-to-read language, the early chapters offer practitioners a thorough understanding of the concepts, skills and tools necessary for the practice of whole person care from a clinician-patient interaction standpoint, while the last two chapters review the myriad implications of whole person care for medical practice. An invaluable resource for all areas of medical practice and for practitioners at all stages of development, from medical students to physicians and allied health providers with many years of experience, Whole Person Care: A New Paradigm for the 21st Century will have a profound impact on western medical practice in North America and elsewhere.
 

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Contents

Whole Person Care
1
Suffering Whole Person Care and the Goals of Medicine
9
The Healing Journey
23
The Challenge of Medical Dichotomies and the Congruent PhysicianPatient Relationship in Medicine
31
SeparationAttachment Theory in Illness and the Role of the Healthcare Practitioner
45
Empathy Compassion and the Goals of Medicine
59
Mindfulness and Whole Person Care
69
Healing Wounding and the Language of Medicine
83
Whole Person Care and Complementary and Alternative Therapies
133
Spiritual Dimensions of Whole Person Care
149
Whole Person Care and the Revolution in Genetics
161
Whole Person Care on a Busy Medical Ward
173
Teaching Whole Person Care in Medical School
183
Whole Person Care Professionalismand the Medical Mandate
201
Whole Person Care Conclusions
209
The Nature of Persons and Clinical Medicine
219

Death Anxiety The Challenge and the Promise of Whole Person Care
97
Whole Person SelfCare SelfCare from the Inside Out
109
Prevention and Whole Person Care
127

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