A Patient's Guide to Heart Surgery: Understanding the Practical and Emotional Aspects of Heart Surgery
HarperCollinsPublishers, 1991 - Health & Fitness - 256 pages
A comforting, unique guide to the psychological aspects of open-heart surgery. From choosing and preparing for surgery to recovering in the hospital and at home, this guide explores the emotional and practical ramifications of heart surgery. 21 line drawings.
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