Surgical Problems

  • Jeannie F. Savas
  • John R. Hubbard


The initial evaluation of patients with surgical problems should begin with a thorough history, which will often suggest the diagnosis. This should not only include history of the present problem, but past medical and surgical history and current medications. A complete physical examination should then be performed. Specific findings or characteristics of the most common surgical diagnoses will be discussed categorically. This chapter is not meant to be all-inclusive, but should be helpful when psychiatrists initially encounter possible surgical problems. A surgical consult or emergency room evaluation should be strongly considered in these cases.


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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jeannie F. Savas
    • 1
  • John R. Hubbard
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of SurgeryMedical College of VirginiaRichmondUSA
  2. 2.Division of Addiction Medicine, Department of PsychiatryVanderbilt University School of MedicineNashvilleUSA

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