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June 1957

Straight to the Heart

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1957;77(6):663-664. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1957.02330360121019

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As new procedures and operations develop with the progress of medicine, psychological problems appear in patients who are subjected to these therapies. One of the outstanding problems now confronting psychiatrists is the understanding in therapy of persons undergoing radical and serious operations on the heart.

George Lawton, who is a psychologist, had to have a serious operation and recounts his feelings from the first day he knew what had to be done until he was fully recovered. His book is of value for lay people who are about to enter into this form of therapy and for psychiatrists who will increasingly be called upon to deal with such patients.

The book is written from the standpoint of an ordinary human being suffering from serious emotional disturbances during the whole procedure of preparation for the operation, the actual operation, and the postoperative period. In one chapter the author's psychological knowledge is