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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Frank Cecchin, MD (University of Washington School of Medicine)
Description: This is a complete revision of the first edition, which was published in 1990.
Purpose: The purpose is to assist the clinician in evaluating and understanding arrhythmias in children as a reference for determining appropriate treatment strategies. The field of pediatric electrophysiology has advanced so far in ten years that this is almost a completely new book. It comes at a perfect time, when a whole host of new treatments are coming to maturation. The editors meet their objectives.
Audience: According to the editors, it is written for "those who care for children with cardiac arrhythmias." In my opinion, this book is most useful for pediatric cardiologists and pediatric cardiac surgeons. The editors are recognized pioneers and leaders in this field.
Features: The field of clinical electrophysiology in children is covered, with an emphasis on evaluation and treatment. The organization of the book is excellent, in that there are four sections with coverage of the field from different aspects. This allows readers to get a direct answer easily. The major shortcoming is that this book may be too concise. The reader gets a sense that the treatment is fairly straightforward but, on the contrary, there are many more varied approaches to each problem.
Assessment: This book is the most comprehensive text available on the subject of clinical pediatric arrhythmias. It is well organized and easy to read. It is comparable in practicality to Deal's Current Concepts in Diagnosis and Management of Arrhythmia in Infants and Children (Futura, 1998), but superior in that the topics are covered in more detail and at a higher technical level. The field of pediatric electrophysiology has advanced so far in ten years that the second edition is the absolute reference for all those treating pediatric arrhythmias.