General Practice

The Integrative Approach


  • Kerryn Phelps, MBBS(Syd), FRACGP, FAMA, AM, Conjoint Professor, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of NSW
  • Craig Hassed, MBBS, FRACGP, Senior Clinical Lecturer, Deputy Head of Department, Department of General Practice, Monash University

A comprehensive medical textbook taking a holistic approach to contemporary general practice

Ideal for General Practitioners and medical students alike, this medical textbook takes an integrative approach to the diagnosis, investigation and management of health issues in the general practice environment.

General Practice: The integrative approach covers the philosophy underpinning modern-day general practice, including primary and secondary prevention as well as acute and chronic disease management.

This thorough textbook informs doctors of potential treatment and prevention options, as well as possible pitfalls, according to the growing integrative medicine evidence base.

The first section of General Practice: The integrative approach lays the foundations of integrative medicine while the second examines important medical conditions in a systems-based approach.

Each chapter in this valuable health resource outlines required medical and consulting knowledge, while discussing physiology and pharmacological management plans of systems-based conditions.

An evidence-based discussion of the available therapeutic options for the treatment of associated factors follows. This helps medical practitioners adapt their approach for individual patient needs.

General Practice: The integrative approach features contributions from experts in Chinese medicine, herbal medicine, nutritional medicine, naturopathy, and exercise therapy - all of whom incorporate their expertise into management plans that utilise multiple therapeutic modalities to achieve the best clinical outcome.

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Book information

  • Published: September 2013
  • ISBN: 978-0-7295-8329-9

Table of Contents

Phelps TOC

PART 1 Principles of integrative medicine

1 Introduction to the concept of integrative medicine

2 Evidence-based healthcare

3 Therapeutic modalities in integrative medicine

4 Principles of herbal medicine

5 Herb-drug interactions

6 The essence of good health

7 Behaviour change strategies

8 Mind-body medicine

9 Exercise as therapy

10 Introduction to clinical nutrition: food and supplements

11 Connectedness: the role of social support

12 Spirituality

13 Screening and prevention

14 Detoxification

PART 2 Principles of general practice

15 The consulting room

16 Communicating with patients

17 The general check-up

18 Practice management principles

19 Integrative medicine and the law

20 Medical ethics

PART 3 Systems

21 Allergies

22 Blood

23 Bones

24 Cancer

25 Cardiology

26 Diabetes

27 Ear, nose and throat

28 Eyes

29 Endocrinology

30 Gastroenterology

31 Genetic conditions

32 Principles of the immune system

33 Joints and connective tissues

34 Musculoskeletal medicine

35 Nails

36 Neurology

37 Obesity

38 Pain management

39 Palliative medicine

40 Psychiatry and psychological medicine

41 Respiratory medicine

42 Skin

43 Sleep disorders

44 Sports medicine

45 Travel medicine

46 Urology

47 Weight problems and eating disorders

PART 4 Men’s health

48 Men’s health

49 Erectile dysfunction

50 An integrative approach to prostate cancer

PART 5 Women’s health

51 Breast disease

52 Gynaecology

53 Menopause

PART 6 Lifecycle health

54 Pregnancy and antenatal care

55 Child health and development

56 Adolescent health and development

57 Geriatric medicine

58 Ageing

PART 7 Social conditions

59 Domestic violence

60 HIV management in general practice

61 Sexual health

62 Substance (drug and alcohol) misuse