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Providing practical and supportive advice to heart bypass patients and their families, a guide outlines the emotional impact of such surgery, describing what to expect before, during, and after bypass and explaining how take an active role in one's own recovery.
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Kessler and his wife, Hilda, are both clinical psychologists, and her contributions (excerpts from her diary during and after his hospitalization and a first-rate chapter on the spouse's perspective) add considerably to his book. Seymour underwent a triple bypass in 1990, and he personalizes his general discussion of the heart operation with his experiences and reflections. He describes presurgical discussions with physicians, surgeons, spouse, and friends, then proceeds to hospital experiences, postsurgical problems, and the return to home, business, and social activity. For each of these stages, he offers practical advice to those about to undergo the operation and also to their families, friends, and colleagues. He and Hilda both have the ability to see patients as individuals, each with his or her own fears, needs, approaches, and lifetime baggage. The opening up of the heart has both physical and emotional aspects; the Kesslers bring out not only the challenges, but also the opportunities involved. William BeattyFrom Library Journal:
Kessler, a practicing clinical psychologist and himself a bypass patient, attempts to give prospective surgical patients the tools to meet and surpass the emotional challenges of the bypass experience. Brief descriptions of anatomy and coronary artery disease (CAD) are outlined, and some treatments of CAD are listed. The strength of Kessler's book lies in his positive, practical advice in preparing for surgery and its aftermath. Relaxation and imagery methods are highlighted, and the importance of involving the patient's spouse and family is stressed. Kessler and his wife realistically and encouragingly describe their own personal experiences in the hospital and immediately after discharge. This book should serve as a good adjunct to a more detailed factual volume about heart disease and surgery.?Janet M. Schneider, James A. Haley Veterans Hosp., Tampa, Fla.
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