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General Practice

The Integrative Approach

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.


Published: September 2013

Imprint: Churchill Livingstone

ISBN: 978-0-7295-8329-9


  • 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


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