A ground-breaking new volume and the first of its kind to concisely outline and explicate the emerging field of whole person care process, Whole Person Care: A New Paradigm for the 21st Century organizes the disparate strains of literature on the topic. It does so by clarifying the concept of 'whole person' and also by outlining the challenges and opportunities that death anxiety poses to the practice of whole person care. Whole person care seeks to study, understand and promote the role of health care in relieving suffering and promoting healing in acute and chronic illness as a complement to the disease focus of biomedicine. The focus is on the whole person -- physical, emotional, social, and spiritual. Using concise, easy-to-read language, the early chapters offer practitioners a thorough understanding of the concepts, skills and tools necessary for the practice of whole person care from a clinician-patient interaction standpoint, while the last two chapters review the myriad implications of whole person care for medical practice. An invaluable resource for all areas of medical practice and for practitioners at all stages of development, from medical students to physicians and allied health providers with many years of experience, Whole Person Care: A New Paradigm for the 21st Century will have a profound impact on western medical practice in North America and elsewhere.
AcknowledgmentsTom A. HutchinsonPrefaceTom A. HutchinsonForewordBalfour M. Mount1. Whole person careTom A. Hutchinson2. Suffering, whole person care, and the goals of medicineEric J. Cassell 3. The healing journeyTom A. Hutchinson, Balfour M. Mount, Michael Kearney 4. The challenge of medical dichotomies and the congruent physician / patient relationship in medicineTom A. Hutchinson, James R. Brawer5. Separation-attachment theory in illness and the role of the healthcare practitionerGregory Fricchione6. Empathy, compassion and the goals of medicineStephen Liben7. Mindfulness and whole person carePatricia L. Dobkin8. Healing, wounding, and the language of medicineAbraham Fuks9. Death anxiety: the challenge and the promise of whole person careSheldon Solomon, Krista Lawlor10. Whole person self-care: self-care from the inside outMichael Kearney, Radhule Weininger11. Prevention and whole person careTom A. Hutchinson12. Whole person care and complementary and alternative therapiesMary Grossman13. Spiritual dimensions of whole person careAbdu'l-Missagh Ghadirian14. Whole person care and the revolution in geneticsDavid S. Rosenblatt, Jennifer Fitzpatrick15. Whole person care on a busy medical ward Gordon L. Crelinsten16. Teaching whole person care in medical schoolHelen Mc Namara, J. Donald Boudreau17. Whole person care, professionalism, and the medical mandateRichard L. Cruess, Sylvia R. Cruess18. Whole person care: ConclusionsTom A. HutchinsonAppendix; The nature of persons and clinical medicine Eric J. Cassell