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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Ralph J. Damiano, MD (Washington University School of Medicine)
Description: This update of the 1989 book, Cardiac Reconstruction of Allograft Valves, has been extensively revised and improved. This is an authoritative review of the field and includes an excellent history, a review of the major clinical series, excellent sections on the basic biology of heart valves and their preservation, as well as a description of surgical techniques.
Purpose: The purpose is to review the field of cardiac reconstruction with allograft tissues with an emphasis on recent advances in our understanding of the fundamental biology as well as a review of surgical techniques. These worthy objectives are well met in this superb book.
Audience: This book is targeted to adult and pediatric cardiac surgeons who perform valve replacement and reconstructive cardiac surgery. Residents would find the section on surgical techniques very helpful, but it would be of little interest to cardiologists. The author is a world authority in the field.
Features: This is an exhaustive review of the field. It contains excellent sections on the basic biology of heart valves and their preservation and banking, written by experts in this area. The references are up-to-date and comprehensive. The sections reviewing the large clinical series are excellent and provide a beautiful framework for the history and progress that has occurred in this area. The final sections on surgical techniques are clearly written and beautifully illustrated. They represent a unique contribution to the literature.
Assessment: This is a superb and unique textbook that will be an invaluable resource to any surgeon who performs valve surgery and reconstruction. This book stands alone as the premier reference text in the field.