Psychological Responses to the Experience of Open-Heart Surgery

  • Chase Patterson Kimball
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Since heart surgery was first performed in the early 1950s, the incidence of postoperative emotional reactions and long-term readjustment problems has been noted to be greater and perhaps different in kind from responses to other types of surgery. This phenomenon has been the subject of several reviews,19 and many authors have focused their attention on one aspect or another of the surgical experience in an attempt to delineate factors involved in these responses.


Rheumatic Fever Psychosomatic Medicine Paranoid Ideation Intermediate Period Object Relationship 
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  • Chase Patterson Kimball
    • 1
  1. 1.University of ChicagoChicagoUSA

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