['Doctor, I don't want to know that'--exploring denial in patients with lung cancer].

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Three patients with lung cancer, a man aged 68, a woman aged 69 and a man aged 52, denied the nature or the severity of their disease in three different ways: temporary denial to evade acute emotional shock, full-blown persistent denial, and unjustified optimism respectively. The psychological mechanism of denial may become operational in patients… (More)

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