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Published: 20 April 2006

264 Pages | Numerous tables, line drawings


ISBN: 9780198530114

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The Power of Belief

Psychosocial influence on illness, disability and medicine

Edited by Peter W. Halligan and Mansel Aylward

  • A collection of distinguished scientists examine how beliefs can affect not only the patient, in terms of their eventual recovery from illness, but also the way in which medical professionals view and treat illness
  • This book provides an opportunity to probe deeper into the nature of beliefs and in particular highlights recent theoretical and clinical reports illustrating the significant role that beliefs play in defining illness, compliance with treatment and vocational rehabilitation
  • At a time when public trust in doctors and science is diminishing, a better understanding of patients' and doctors' beliefs regarding illness is clearly a priority for research in clinical practice

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