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Prospects of Heart Surgery: Psychological Adjustment to Coronary Bypass Grafting

      The curbstone appeal of a book subtitled “Psychological Adjustment to Coronary Bypass Grafting,” written by an English sociologist, is undeniable. It promises to advance our knowledge of a much neglected aspect of a commonly encountered disease and its treatment and, in so doing, to expand the possible applications of the biopsychosocial model—a rarely achieved goal in consultation-liaison psychiatry. Through no fault of the author, the book only half fulfills this promise. I say this because, having read the book, I am hard-pressed to identify pragmatic facts in the text about the marital relationship of the male coronary patient that would be applicable to the choice of rehabilitative interventions. Nonetheless, the book should be of interest to anyone involved in the area of postoperative rehabilitation of coronary bypass patients.
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