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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Depression and physical illness
Author(s): Phillips, Anna C
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Issue Date: Jan-2009
Date Deposited: 6-Jan-2020
Citation: Phillips AC (2009) Depression and physical illness. Review of: Steptoe, A. (Ed) (2007). Depression and Physical Illness. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 9781139459303. Psychology, Health and Medicine, 14 (1), pp. 125-126.
Abstract: First paragraph: The importance of depression in the context of disease was highlighted by a recent Lancet article indicating that depression produced the greatest decrement in health status in comparison to common chronic diseases such as angina, arthritis, asthma, and diabetes; and individuals with depression co-morbid with these other conditions had the worst health of all (Moussavi et al., 2007). Consequently, Steptoe’s edited book, Depression and Physical Illness, is timely and deals with what is a key public health issue. With contributions from many of the key scholars in the field, this book provides an overview of the aetiology of depression, its relationship with major health conditions, and a critical discussion of the biological and behavioural mechanisms by which depression influences health.
DOI Link: 10.1080/13548500802027335
Rights: This is an Accepted Manuscript version of the following article, accepted for publication in Psychology, Health, and Medicine. Phillips, A.C. (2009). Book review of Depression and Physical Illness. A. Steptoe (Ed.). Psychology, Health, and Medicine, 14, 125-126. It is deposited under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License (, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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