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Lisa Curtin & Denise Martz

In: 21st Century Psychology: A Reference Handbook

Chapter 69: Health Psychology

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Health Psychology
Health psychology

It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver. — Mahatma Gandhi

The media regularly inform us of problems within the health-care system: Many Americans have no health insurance; increasing obesity is creating record rates of diabetes; health-care costs are the leading cause of personal bankruptcy; and myriad factors are resulting in a national physician and nursing shortage. Indeed, our health-care system is in crisis, despite state-of-the-art medical technology and an increase in the average human life span. However, the media often fail to present the complete picture of health by overemphasizing high-tech biological and pharmaceutical treatments and often ignoring how behavior contributes to health problems. The medical system and consumers of health care often focus on “sick ...

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