Clinical Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology: A Patient-centred Biopsychosocial Practice

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Mira Lal
Oxford University Press, 2017 - Medical - 338 pages
The interplay between mind and body is a rapidly developing area of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, growing in prominence as many areas of medicine recognise the importance of understanding the physical, mental, and social aspects of numerous health conditions. Clinical Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology: A Patient-Centred Biopsychosocial Practice is a fundamental work that enhances the understanding of the management of women s disease conditions resulting from psychosomatic or mind-body interactions that are routinely encountered by clinicians.

Authored by a world-renowned group of contributors who have led a transformativeapproach to the way health services for women are approached, Clinical Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology comprehensively addresses the biological, psychological, social and cultural factors leading to disease manifestations. Including methods for prevention, detection and treatment, the text is supported by thirty clinical vignettes taken from real-life situations to support learning, and guide clinical practice.

Detailed chapters expound the scientific basis of the clinical psychosomatic concept, prevention of morbidity and mortality from cancer or obesity, pregnancy and childbirth, maternal dysphoria and child neurodevelopment, pain perception, infertility, premenstrual disorders, psycho-oncology, malignancy and sexual health, illnesses in migrants and refugees, alongside, pertinent cultural issues. This title is a highly topical and much-needed guide to addressing clinical conditions that compromise women's health, including that of teenagers, as well as their mental and social well-being.


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evolutionary history of the scientific basis
2 Teaching psychosomatic obstetrics and gynaecology
fetal origins of child neurodevelopment
mental illness and psychosomatic disease
5 Migraine and pregnancyrelated hypertension
themes in clinical practice and research
luteal phase recurrent enigmatic conditions
8 Womens psychosomatic health promotion and the biopsychosociocultural nexus
9 Vulval pain
10 Psychooncology and psychosocial aspects of gynaecological cancer
the sexuality of women and cancer
psychosomatic implications
genderrelated social constructs and fertility

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Mira Lal, Honorary Academic Fellow, St James's University Hospital, Leeds, UK

Dr. Mira Lal is an Obstetrician & Gynaecologist specialising in the physical, mental, and social facets of women's disease and well-being. She undertook clinical research to understand mind-body (psychosomatic) interactions in disease, and was conferred a post-MRCOG doctorate encompassing Obstetrics
& Gynaecology along with Neuroscience, Psychiatry; Social Pathology; Social & Public welfare; Psychology; Public aspects of Medicine; Family, Marriage & Woman and Statistics. She was made an Expert Columnist for the Sociedad Iberoamericana de Informacion Cientifica and was awarded a prize for
presenting at the EBCOG Congress in 2014. In recognition of her attainments, besides invited publications/reviewing, she was granted Fellowship of of the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists for "advancing the Art & Science of Obstetrics and Gynaecology".

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