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Fantasies Evoked by Cardiac Surgery

  • Richard S. Blacher

Abstract

“When you have my heart in your hand, could you please take the bitterness out of it?” This remarkable request addressed to a cardiac surgeon epitomizes some of the problems facing the heart patient since his view of surgery can be so different from ours. The request was not a metaphor, and when I asked him about it he looked puzzled and asked, “Where else would my bitterness be?!”

Keywords

Valve Replacement Heart Surgery Cardiac Surgeon Heart Patient Entire Patient Group 
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References

  1. 1.
    R. S. Blacher, Open Heart Surgery — The Patient’s Point of View, Mt. Sinai J. Med 38:74 (1971)PubMedGoogle Scholar
  2. R. S. Blacher, Heart Surgery: The Patient’s Experience in: “The Psychological Experience of Surgery,” R. S. Blacher, ed., John Wiley and Sons, New York (1987).Google Scholar

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© Plenum Press, New York 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard S. Blacher
    • 1
  1. 1.New England Medical CenterTufts University School of MedicineBostonUSA

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