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Book Review: Pectus & Me | A Book of Patients’ Stories

Monday, April 24, 2023

This book contains contributions from patients suffering with pectus conditions in England, written after NHS England withdrew funding for this important condition. It documents the stories of forty-one patients, some before surgery, some after surgery, some who could not get surgery, and some benefitting from nonsurgical treatments. 

The collection serves as a fantastic resource to remind people that there are faces behind this condition and that it is not just “cosmetic” but an important psychological barrier in the lives of many sufferers. For some, there are very significant and important physical limitations, especially in severest cases of cardiac compression from their pectus excavatum. 

This book has been published online for free by the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery for Great Britain and Northern Ireland (SCTS) to help patients who suffer from this condition and to highlight its importance. I fully recommend that anyone seeing patients with this condition take a look at these stories and pass the book onto their patients to help them know that they are not alone!

Read the full book.


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