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Publications [#277394] of Redford B. Williams

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  1. Garson, A; Williams, RB; Reckless, J (1974). Long-term follow-up of patients with tetralogy of Fallot: physical health and psychopathology.. The Journal of Pediatrics, 85(3), 429-433. [doi]
    (last updated on 2019/04/24)

    Abstract:
    To assess the possible lasting psychologic sequellae in young adults who have recovered physically from congenital heart disease, the Cattell 16 PF personality inventory was administered to 37 patients (mean age=19.1 years) with tetralogy of Fallot at a time when 85% had been asymptomatic since their last surgery (mean interval since surgery=6.5 years). The patients scored significantly more in the neurotic range than expected by chance and had psychologic scores, suggesting that they are self-indulgent, dependent, overprotected, less well informed, lacking ambition, and operating more on the basis of feelings than thought. The more "neurotic" patients were hospitalized more times, but experienced better physical health than the less "neurotic" patients. The severity of the psychopathology appears not to be related to the severity of the physical symptomatology, but rather to a disparity between how the child perceives his illness and how others view his disease. © 1974 The C.V. Mosby Company.


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