Treatment of Functional Somatic Symptoms

Hardcover | April 1, 1995

EditorRichard Mayou, Christopher Bass, Michael Sharpe

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There is currently a great deal of interest in patients with functional somatic symptoms - physical complaints which are not explained by organic findings - but until now there has been little information available on the principles and practical methods of management. This book covers all themain themes in the management of somatic disorders, and will be invaluable both as a comprehensive academic reference and as a practical clinical guide. The authors cover problems specific to children and the elderly, and organization of care, as well as the clinical syndromes such ashypochondriasis and chronic pain, chronic fatique, and low back pain. Treatment of functional somatic symptoms is the first comprehensive, authoritative and practical guide on the management of a wide variety of medically unexplained symptoms which are very frequent in all areas of primary and hospital care. The book will be useful to clinicians and to researchworkers as a source book and clinical manual.

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There is currently a great deal of interest in patients with functional somatic symptoms - physical complaints which are not explained by organic findings - but until now there has been little information available on the principles and practical methods of management. This book covers all themain themes in the management of somatic di...

Richard Mayou is at University of Oxford. Christopher Bass is at John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:466 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.18 inPublished:April 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0192624997

ISBN - 13:9780192624994

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Historical review of management of nervous and somatic disorder2. Overview of epidemiology, classification and aetiology3. Overview of treatmentTreatment Methods4. How to engage the patient in treatment5. The use of antidepressants and other drug treatments6. Cognitive behavioural treatment7. Psychodynamic treatmentClinical Syndromes8. Hypochondriasis. 9. Patients with multiple symptoms10. Chronic pain11. Treatment of dysmorphophobiaSpecific symptoms12. Irritable bowel and abdominal pain13. Pre-menstrual tension14. Chronic fatigue15. Low back pain16. Pelvic painSpecial populations17. Treatment of somatic symptoms in the elderly18. Management of somatic symptoms in childrenOrganisation of care19. Management in primary care20. Management in general hospitals

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`a welcome addition to the literature, concentrating almost exclusively on treatment techniques and originating from a conference held in Oxford in late 1992 ... The chapters on treatment are full of clinical wisdom.'Robert Peveler, University of Southampton, Journal of Psychosomatic Research, vol. 40, no. 5, May 1996