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Neurosurgery:
doi: 10.1227/NEU.0b013e31820185bd
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Neurosurgery Three Times Over: A Psychiatrist's Insider Perspective

Schwartz, Lee MD

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Abstract

The author, a practicing psychiatrist, describes his own experience in becoming a neurosurgical patient, three times in quick succession, for a recurring subdural hematoma. In addition to a brief review of the literature, he observes his own experience, including reaction to the diagnosis and to the surgical, postsurgical, and intensive-care experience. Suggestions are made to neurosurgeons and their staff to help patients during this experience and in recovery, from the vantage point of a psychiatrist who specializes in dealing with psychological issues arising from illness.

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