Observations on Body Image in Renal Patients
The impact that renal disease, its sequelae and complications, and its modern technological treatments have on people so afflicted is protean and pervasive.1–4 The individual is affected in his internal or psychological being, in his external or social-behavioral being, and in his body or physical being.5 Although these factors are intertwined, this article will concentrate on the physical being, and more specifically on the body image. For the purposes of this chapter, the body image will be considered as the sum of the mental representations of the body and its organs. The body image does not necessarily coincide with the objective body, e.g., a phantom kidney or the dialysis machine could be experienced as an extension of the body and could be included in it.
KeywordsBody Image Psychosomatic Medicine Dialysis Unit Mount Sinai School Renal Patient
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