The book is organized into six parts. The introduction presents the basic components of the biopsychosocial model, which was developed by George Engel, M.D., as an application of systems theory to medical practice. Part 1 discusses clinical applications, emphasizing the importance of a communicative, empowering relationship between the physician and the patient. Part 2 examines research in psychoneuroimmunology, relationship-centered health care, and the patient-centered clinical method. Part 3 considers educational and administrative issues. Of note, the University of Rochester's "Double Helix" curriculum for medical students is presented here. Another fascinating chapter explains how the biopsychosocial model can be applied to organizational management in a health care setting, increasing employee satisfaction and, consequently, patient care. Part 4 discusses the development of the biopsychosocial model and includes an ethnographic study of Engel's correspondence. Finally, the editors conclude by considering the future of the biopsychosocial approach.