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    Define and describe the new fields of behavioral medicine and health psychology. What are the differences between them? Why did these specialties not exist previously?

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    Health psychology is a field of applied psychology that seeks to use psychological theory and knowledge to understand personal and public health. Health psychology is concerned with understanding how biological, psychological, environmental and cultural factors are involved in physical health and the prevention of illness. The field of health psychology is focused on promoting health as well as the prevention of disease and illness. Health psychologists also focus on understanding how people react, cope and recover from illness.

    Behavioral medicine is an interdiscipinary field of medicine concerned with the development and integration of knowledge in the biological, ...

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    This solution defines and describes behavioral medicine and health psychology. It also explains the differences between the two fields.