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March 1980

Coronary Heart Surgery: A Rehabilitation Measure

Arch Surg. 1980;115(3):354. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1980.01380030096028

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The subtitle of this volume indicates the intended outcome of the surgical procedure, but is not descriptive of its major content. The text consists of papers given at a symposium marking the inauguration of the Department of Heart Surgery at the Rehabilitation Center in Bad Krozingen, Germany, in March 1978. The nearly 50 papers are well organized, and address patient selection, surgical techniques, and the functional and rehabilitation outcomes of coronary artery grafting. The book should be useful to all physicians concerned with the medical and surgical aspects of coronary artery disease.

Controversial topics are emphasized, although in the time since their initial presentations some have become less controversial. For instance, three manuscripts deal directly with the Veteran's Administration Cooperative Study, the limitations of which are now well appreciated. Several other authors discuss the mixed results of surgery in reducing ventricular arrhythmias, also a generally accepted conclusion among most cardiac

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