This authoritative reference surveys mind-body healing concepts and psychosomatic medicine in diverse countries and regions of the world. It provides practical insights on the Western division between medical and mental healing and useful information concerning recent efforts to bridge that enduring divide, particularly in the use of ancient and indigenous healing knowledge in psychosomatic practice. Coverage compares and contrasts current applications of psychosomatic medicine and/or consultation-liaison psychiatry as conducted in such representative countries as France, Britain, China, India, Argentina, Canada, and the United States. And the book predicts how this synthesis of traditions and advances will progress as it:
• Traces the history and development of psychosomatic medicine.
• Reviews contributions of traditional healing methods to psychosomatic medicine.
• Analyzes national styles of psychosomatic medicine as practiced in specific countries.
• Compares the status of psychosomatic medicine / consultation-liaison psychiatry in various countries.
• Considers the future of psychosomatic medicine as the field, and the world, evolves.
Global Psychosomatic Medicine and Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry expands the knowledge base for psychiatrists, primary care physicians, psychiatric and primary care residents, medical students, behavioral medicine specialists, and others who are interested global and regional perspective on providing biopsychosocial care. It is also relevant for advanced students in health psychology and behavioral medicine, and for professionals in related health fields.
Dr. Hoyle Leigh is a Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and Director Emeritus of the Psychosomatic Medicine Program and Psychiatric Consultation-Liaison Service at UCSF Fresno. He is well-known as the author of the textbooks, Handbook of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry (with Jon Streltzer, M.D. of University of Hawaii), now in the 2nd Edition, and The Patient: Biological, Psychological, and Social Dimensions of Medical Practice (with Morton F. Reiser of Yale), now in its 3rd edition, and of the pioneering book, Genes, Memes, Culture, and Mental Illness: Toward an Integrative Model. In addition, he is the author of more than one hundred publications. Before coming to UCSF, Dr. Leigh was Professor of Psychiatry and Assistant Chief of Psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine and the Yale New Haven Hospital, in New Haven, Connecticut. He received his MD, summa cum laude, from Yonsei University, and MA at Yale. He trained at Long Island College Hospital, University of Kansas, Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, and at Yale. Dr. Leigh is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a Fellow of American College of Physicians, American College of Psychiatrists, Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, and International College of Psychosomatic Medicine. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology both in General Psychiatry and Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry. Dr. Leigh has developed a computerized database for consultation-liaison psychiatry which is in use at the Fresno Community Regional Medical Center, which also serves as a fertile database for research by residents and faculty. His research interests include global psychosomatic medicine, psychiatry training for medical students and primary care physicians, the nature of psychiatric diagnosis, and the gene x meme x environment interaction in mental health and illness.