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Some phenomena in medicine and psychology remain unexplained by current theory. Chronic fatigue syndrome, repetitive strain injury and irritable bowel syndrome, for example, are all diseases or syndromes that cannot be explained in terms of a physiological abnormality. In this intriguing book, Michael Hyland proposes that there is a currently unrecognised type of illness which he calls 'dysregulatory disease'. Hyland shows how such diseases develop and how the communication and art of medicine, good nursing care, complementary medicine and psychotherapy can all act to reduce the dysregulation that leads to dysregulatory disease. The Origins of Health and Disease is a fascinating book that develops a novel theory for understanding health and disease, demonstrates how this theory is supported by existing data and how it explains currently unexplained phenomena. Hyland also shows how his theory leads to new testable predictions that, in turn, will lead to further scientific advancement and development.Read more
- The first comprehensive biopsychosocial interactionist theory of health and disease, recognising the important links between psychology and biology
- Provides an explanation for previously unexplained data and phenomena in medicine and psychology
- Shows how lifestyle and therapy are related and provides guidance on a psychologically healthy lifestyle with relevance to lifestyle coaching
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"....The Origins of Health and Disease is an important contribution, with more than enough inspired thinking.... Though there is plenty here to interest the health psychologist, physician, researcher, or philosopher, educated lay people with an interest in health, psychotherapy, and CAM will find that the book is challenging but accessible."
--Dr. Lynette Bassman, California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) of Alliant International University, Fresno, PsycCRITIQUES
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- Date Published: May 2011
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521719704
- length: 356 pages
- dimensions: 227 x 152 x 15 mm
- weight: 0.56kg
- contains: 58 b/w illus. 7 tables
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
1. The two philosophies: health, disease, medicine and psychotherapy
2. The body's mind: psychoneuroimmunology, stress and adaptive response
3. Personality, disease and the meaning of infornet dysregulation
4. Networks and their properties
5. The causes of dysregulation: associative learning, food intolerance and the effects of stress throughout the lifespan
6. The causes of dysregulation: supervised learning, repetitive strain injury, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, chronic fatigue syndrome and depression
7. The causes of dysregulation: asthma and precursors to specific disease
8. Three different types of psychologically mediated therapy: placebos and the art of medicine, psychotherapy and complementary and alternative medicine
9. Therapeutic mechanisms
10. Finding the pattern: health in modern society
11. Infornet theory in perspective.
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