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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Vincent F Carr, DO, MSA, FACC, FACP (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences)
Description: This is the second edition of a book summarizing the current state of medicine in coronary artery disease. The previous edition was published in 2006.
Purpose: This is intended as a quick yet comprehensive reference on the currently accepted diagnostic and management theories of atherosclerosis. The authors present an up-to-date book outlining the major advances since the previous edition.
Audience: "Presented as a service to the medical community," the book can be readily understood by primary care clinicians as well as laypersons. It is written by clinicians who are able to explain clearly the diagnoses to laypersons.
Features: The highlight of this book is the way it is written in easy to read prose and augmented by numerous intuitive tables and figures. The only downside of these tables is that because the book is small, they are spread across multiple pages which makes them a bit difficult to follow. The chapters are arranged by major topics, e.g. family history, physical activity versus a sedentary lifestyle, and with the index it is fairly easy to find topics. Most valuable are the up-to-date bibliography of significant literature on atherosclerosis and the table titled "Guide to Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in Diabetic Patients."
Assessment: This is an extremely useful, practical book in a size that is easy to use and a format that is easy to read. Overall, this is a great reference to have at one's outpatient desk.