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April 1992

Impact of Cardiac Surgery on the Quality of Life: Neurological and Psychological Aspects

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Iowa City, Iowa

Arch Neurol. 1992;49(4):341. doi:10.1001/archneur.1992.00530280019005

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Impact of Cardiac Surgery on the Quality of Life includes 57 papers presented at an international symposium of the same name held in New York, NY, in March 1989. The conference was organized by an international consortium of investigators who have been evaluating the psychological, cognitive, and neurological sequelae of cardiac operations. The consortium coauthored 19 of the 57 papers. Many of these papers deal with the preliminary results of this large, international study.

Discussions of the frequency, types, and severity of psychiatric illnesses, psychometric testing, or neurologic deficits are included. Papers reporting the influences of risk factors for vascular disease or stroke, clinical variables, and medical or surgical techniques are included. An emphasis of many of the papers in this book is the evaluation of subtle cognitive or behavioral consequences of cardiac surgery.

While this specialized text is of limited usefulness for most neurologists in practice, it would be

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