Well, I took a Health Psychology class online to pass some time while I prepare for nursing school in the Fall. I assumed the class was easy more or less, but I was quite wrong, mostly due the teacher's reliance on this boring, over-citated, confusing textook.
First of all, I do respect the author's work, Shelly Taylor, but she needs to dumb down and really start condensing her ramblings to a more healthare-oriented PRACTICAL level, instead of reams of theories upon theories and outdated citations. The seventh edition, which the one I bought, had no color at all, only grey and blue-green turquoise colors. There is alot of research-oriented material, which is okay if you need to write a thesis or grad paper, but there is no consistency between giving so much research citations and actually learning the health psychology in my opinion.
The chapters are WAY TOO LONG!! Each chapter on average can be 19-24 pages, with only 1 or 2 pages of actual juicy learning between all the references and case studies. She often sounds elated with redundant voculabulary and uses "ameliorate" often which is quite annoying!
Some material is useful if you can find it and have lots of patience before dozing off. Most of the work is repetitive and almost comparable to a filler in a careless meat product. This author probably just wanted to fluff the chapters with jargon and random trivia to make it more expensive.
All in all, unless the professor force feeds the class this book in lectures, stay clear of Shelly Taylor's health book. Simply not worth the money.