The Health Psychology Reader is designed to complement and support the recent textbook Health Psychology: Theory, Research and Practice by David F. Marks, Michael Murray, Brian Evans and Carla Willig (SAGE, 2000). It can also be used as a stand-alone resource given its didactic nature. The Reader explores key topics within the health psychology field with incisive introductions to each section by the Editor and includes a selection of the most important theoretical and empirical published work. 

Introduction

Introduction
Introduction
A Brief History of Health Psychology

In the era of the hunter-gatherer, cave paintings and other relics yield evidence of an early human fascination with an imagined world of spirits and magic. A key element in such icons is a desire for survival aided by communication between body and spirit with the mind as mediator. The ...

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