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MCV/Q, Medical College of Virginia Quarterly
Both the anxiety-defense model and the cognitive model provide a scientific basis for practical handling of the surgical patient. Emerging from both models is a humanistic approach to the patient based on understanding and a nonjudgmental attitude as well as on a knowledge of where the patient is psychologically and a willingness to meet him on his ground. The rewards in terms of a reduction of anxiety, depression, and human suffering can be enormous.
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