Behavioral Pediatrics

  • Dennis C. Russo
  • James W. Varni


During the past five years there has been an accelerating interest in the clinical and scientific application of behavioral science to medicine. Although historically these two areas have held little affinity for one another, they have become increasingly merged in an effort to improve health care. A number of writers (Cataldo, Russo, Bird, & Varni, 1980; Ferguson & Taylor, 1980; Matarazzo, 1980; Pomerleau, 1979; Schwartz & Weiss, 1978; Varni & Russo, 1980) have attempted to provide explanation for this tremendous diversion of talent and energy to a previously little-studied area. As this chapter progresses, we shall review these attempts to place into perspective the behavioral medicine movement, their roots in previous theory, and the history of attempts to contend with the purported synergistic effects of psychological factors and disease.


Behavioral Medicine Behavioral Technique Psychological Medicine Pediatric Medicine Theoretical Speculation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dennis C. Russo
    • 1
  • James W. Varni
    • 2
  1. 1.Children’s Hospital Medical CenterHarvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  2. 2.Orthopaedic HospitalUniversity of Southern California School of MedicineLos AngelesUSA

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