Prospects of Heart Surgery

Psychological Adjustment to Coronary Bypass Grafting

  • Alan Radley

Part of the Contributions to Pyschology and Medicine book series (CONTRIBUTIONS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. I

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Alan Radley
      Pages 42-57
  3. II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 59-59
    2. Alan Radley
      Pages 61-92
    3. Alan Radley
      Pages 93-122
    4. Alan Radley
      Pages 123-150
  4. III

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 181-181
    2. Alan Radley
      Pages 183-199
    3. Alan Radley
      Pages 200-215
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 216-246

About this book


Prospects of Heart Surgery: Psychological Adjustment to Coronary Bypass Grafting reports on a study of how patients and their spouses adjusted to the prospect, and then to the outcome, of coronary graft surgery. The focus upon patients' social relationships rather than upon individuals reveals that the way people bear their illness, and adapt to symptom removal, is part of a wider adjustment involving both the spouse and other individuals. The book offers, as one of its main contributions, a social-psychological approach to the study of illness in general. It sets out a new methodology which might be applied in a number of illness contexts. Using both qualitative and quantitative analyses, Prospects of Heart Surgery describes differences between smooth and problematic approaches to surgery as well as variations in the experience of rehabilitation afterwards.


bypass heart quality of life rehabilitation surgery

Authors and affiliations

  • Alan Radley
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Social SciencesUniversity of TechnologyLoughboroughEngland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 1988
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4612-8384-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4612-3874-4
  • Series Print ISSN 1431-195X
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