Originally published in 1984, this book focuses, firstly, on how patients interpret and act in response to symptoms of illness; secondly on how social and psychological factors influence the treatment process; and thirdly, on certain kinds of illness where the psychosocial perspective is of particular importance to the providers of health care – for example, chronic or particularly disabling illnesses. It demonstrates how essential it is to bring an interdisciplinary perspective from the social and behavioural sciences to an understanding and interpretation of behaviour in relation to illness. It will be of central concern to all health professionals in training and in practice and to social scientists interested in health care.

    1. Introduction Part 1: Illness and Help Seeking 2. Lay Concepts of Illness Ray Fitzpatrick 3. The Illness Iceberg and Aspects of Consulting Behaviour Graham Scambler and Annette Scambler 4. Social Class, Ethnicity, and Illness Ray Fitzpatrick and Graham Scambler Part 2: The Experience of Treatment 5. Communicating with Patients James Thompson 6. Compliance James Thompson 7. Anxiety, Hospitalization and Surgery Stanton Newman 8. Satisfaction with Health Care Ray Fitzpatrick 9. The Psychological Consequences of Cerebrovascular Accident and Head Injury Stanton Newman 10. Perceiving and Coping With Stigmatizing Illness Graham Scambler 11. Coping with Terminal Illness John Hinton.


    Ray Fitzpatrick is Senior Research Fellow, Nuffield College, Oxford and Emeritus Professor of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Oxford. He continues with NIHR-funded research into the quality and outcomes of health and care services especially for people with long term conditions. Graham Scambler is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at UCL, UK.