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“This book is particularly relevant now as the baby-boomer generation is aging and a greater proportion of the world's population is growing older. Interpersonal communication is clearly the most critical process for promoting social integration and adaptation of older adults within society. Yet understanding of the complex dynamics of interpersonal communication with the elderly is severely limited and the aged are often stigmatized, stereotyped, and isolated. This book will help clarify the role of communication in effective social integration and adaptation of the aged by providing comprehensive and in-depth analyses of relevant research and theory. The book integrates information on the most important issues and contexts influencing interpersonal communication and aging and the individual chapters are written by an excellent group of authors who have ...

The Patient's Presentation of Self in an Initial Medical Encounter
The patient's presentation of self in an initial medical encounter

The significance of knowing the patient as a total person has long been recognized by sociologists, anthropologists, and medical professionals (American Board of Internal Medicine, 1992; Balint, 1964; Kleinman, 1988; Mishler, 1984). In knowing the patient's beliefs and his or her unique constellation of social, cultural, and psychological characteristics, the physician is better able to diagnose, treat, and care for the patient. Kleinman (1988) eloquently describes the dynamic interrelationship between the patient's disease (a biological phenomenon) and the patient's illness (his or her subjective experience of disease). He and others argue that to heal, “in its deepest sense” (McWhinney, 1989, p. 29), the medical professional must ...

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