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The psychodynamic impact of coronary bypass surgery.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  6969230     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Twenty-one individuals underwent extensive psychological evaluation before, and four months after, coronary bypass surgery, that examined: defensive mechanisms; fantasies and distortions; subjective meaning of the procedure; and transference and projections. Patients showed a significant improvement in their physical condition and indicated vigorous psychodynamic activity. Both before and after surgery many patients: a) used denial; b) misconceived the procedure; c) developed a subjective explanation of etiology; d) mourned; and e) revered their surgeon. Following surgery, many patients: a) rationalized their decision; b) reviewed their life and changed priorities (valuing human closeness, devaluing work); and c) recognized their mortality (engendering a renewed interest in life and/or rage).
S Thurer; F Levine; R Thurer
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of psychiatry in medicine     Volume:  10     ISSN:  0091-2174     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Psychiatry Med     Publication Date:    1980-1981
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1981-02-19     Completed Date:  1981-02-19     Revised Date:  2006-07-19    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0365646     Medline TA:  Int J Psychiatry Med     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  273-90     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Coronary Artery Bypass / psychology*
Defense Mechanisms*
Denial (Psychology)
Life Change Events
Middle Aged
Personality Assessment*
Transference (Psychology)

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