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Twenty-four patients who underwent more than one kidney transplant were interviewed to assess their psychosocial adaptation. Of these 24, we found 15 patients with a functioning kidney and 9 patients with a nonfunctioning transplant who were back on hemodialysis. In both groups, approximately 50% of the patients had life satisfaction ratings of "good" and… (More)
A 54-year-old concentration camp survivor was observed during her third medical hospitalization in the past 3 months. The meaning of her illness leads to a symbolic reexperience of her traumatic past. Typical features of the Survivor Syndrome are reviewed and compared with the patient's symptoms. Coping mechanisms and management are discussed.