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`This book is a "must read" for all students of health psychology, and will be of considerable interest and value to others interested in the field. The discipline has not involved itself with the central issues of this book so far, but Radley has now brought this material together in an accessible way, offering important new perspectives, and directions for the discipline. This book goes a long way towards making sense for, and of, health psychology' - Journal of Health Psychology What are people's beliefs about health? What do they do when they feel ill? Why do they go to the doctor? How do they live with chronic disease? This introduction to the social psychology of health and illness addresses these and ot

The Healing Relationship: Doctors, Patients and Nurses
The healing relationship: Doctors, patients and nurses

In the previous chapter we saw that the legitimate occupancy of the sick role demands that individuals (a) seek competent professional help and (b) do all that is required in order to make a recovery. This chapter discusses what this therapeutic relationship involves, and examines some of its main features.

From an everyday point of view, we are all acquainted with the medical consultation and the doctor-patient relationship. However, it is worth making a few general, if seemingly obvious, points before beginning our analysis. First, individuals are not patients except in relation to members of the medical professions. One becomes a patient – irrespective of one's symptoms – the moment one consults a ...

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