Brief Review: Mind-Body Medicine (Audiobook)
Personal Rating: 5/5
When commuting to and from work, audiobooks are a great way to pass the time. One of the best resources I have found within the market of audiobooks (I use audible) is the Great Courses series. For those interested in just about any topic, including psychology, there are a large number of terrific courses available in an audiobook format. Today, I want to write a brief review of one that I recently finished - Mind-Body Medicine: The New Science of Optimal Health.
The primary goal of Mind-Body Medicine is to discuss health (physical and mental) from a biopsychosocial perspective. The biopsychosocial model is something that I covered in a previous post, and it's a model that more and more people are advocating for. In short, the biopsychosocial model focuses on how our physical and mental health are closely linked to one another, and are influenced by our surroundings and social relationships.
The presenter of this course begins by demonstrating how this model works, the different components involved, and how they all interact with one another. After covering the model in detail, he then goes on to apply the model to various medical conditions (e.g., obesity, diabetes, smoking), as well as psychological conditions (e.g., anxiety, depression).
After going through these examples, the presenter then discusses the implications of the biopsychosocial model for the future of medicine. In a world where we fully appreciate the interplay between these three areas of our lives (i.e., biological, psychological, social), there's a need for more interdisciplinary work. Not only do physicians need to have a great understanding of psychosocial factors, but psychologists need to better understand medical conditions. Thankfully, medicine is beginning to move in this direction, and in psychology both health and pediatric psychology are growing fields.
In regards to the presenter's ability to discuss the information, he does a wonderful job of making the material easy to understand at a surprisingly deep level. Perhaps I'm biased here, as he is basically presenting on my specialty area, but his way of wording things seemed very clear to me. For those interested in psychology, medicine, or both, it's really an informative listen.
Beyond that, I don't want to give too much information. In order to get the full benefit, you'll just have to listen to the lectures yourself. You can find it on audible, where you can fairly easily find discount codes if you are a new subscriber. You can also find it on the Great Courses website, where the titles of the different lectures are available. (Admittedly it's expensive on there though, so you'd likely be better to use an audible credit to listen to the course).
Have any questions about the audiobook? Let me know in the comments! I'd also love to hear the reactions of anyone else who has listened to this course.