This book provides doctors with insights into psychological and relational dynamics to better understand themselves and their patients, deepen their understanding of somatic and psychic dimensions of illness, and give them diagnostic and therapeutic tools to design better treatment procedures for patients.
In the first part of the book, the authors explore cognitive, emotional, and somatic strategies that are supportive of doctors’ wellbeing. In the second part, they introduce theoretical knowledge and applicable skills from psychotherapy that can illuminate the complexity of the doctor-patient relationship, broaden doctors' approaches, and upgrade their communicative skills. The third part introduces some of the basic tenets of somatic psychotherapy that can deepen doctors' understanding of symptoms and illness, providing them with richer therapeutic tools and a deeper knowledge of bodily and psychological aspects, interweaving in a variety of medical conditions.
This text not only provides a helping hand to both doctors and psychotherapists in designing an amalgamated approach to clinical treatment but also provides doctors with better tools for understanding and managing the intricacies of the doctor-patient relationship.
"The purpose of this book is to introduce doctors with an integrative approach based on theory and clinical experience emanating from two fields: western medicine and body psychotherapy. It introduces psychotherapy into medical practice in a very practical way and provides tools and principles for understanding and managing the doctor-patient encounter. This is an impressive, innovative and inspiring book and I highly recommend it to physicians in order to feel better as humans and doctors and be better doctors for their patients."
Hava Tabenkin, MD, professor emerita, family medicine, School of Medicine Ben Gurion University, Israel.
"This is a narrative-based medical guide book, which interlaces encounter stories with medical and psychotherapy knowledge. Physical, psychological, social, and spiritual health chapters are interwoven in a complex artistic, yet practical, design to form new white coats. These suits suit us, evolving human healers."
Iris Shoshani Helvitz, MD, Family Medicine and Palliative Care, Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, Technion, Israel
"Groundbreaking book that will change the way you think of sickness and health and of the doctor-patient relationship. Written fluently, theoretical and practical, giving doctors tools for better understanding of their patients as well as themselves, deepening and expanding theoretical and clinical knowledge of the body-mind relationship in a feasible way. This book will improve not only medical care but also make doctors feel better."
Zohar Shani Gershon, MD, Family Medicine, Bar Ilan University, Israel
INTRODUCTION; PART I: The doctor as a human being, incorporating a doctor-centred approach; Chapter 1. The price of caring; Chapter 2. Fighting for your life; Chapter 3. Encountering suffering; Chapter 4. Presenting Doctor-Centred medicine; Chapter 5. Generative cognitive, emotional and somatic strategies for self- care; Chapter 6. The doctor centred medical care in practice; PART II: The doctor-patient relationship, exercising therapeutic skills without being a psychotherapist; Chapter 7. The complexity of doctor patient relationship; Chapter 8. The Patient: Transference and regressive self-states; Chapter 9. The doctor: Countertransference and narcissistic Traps; Chapter 10. Tenets of human presence, empathy, and compassion ;Chapter 11. Just be there: Implementing human presence, empathy and compassion in clinical practice; PART III: With the body in mind - Incorporating body-mind skills in medical treatment;. Chapter 12. The body mind connection- From Maimonides to psychoneuroimmunoendocrinology ;Chapter 13. The language of the body- The soma speaks the psych; Chapter 14. Listening to the language of the body ;Chapter 15. Doctor patient communication- A dialogue between bodies and minds; Chapter 16. Practical Body-Mind Interventions in medical care ;REFERENCES