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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Conrad Jablonski, MD (Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: Designed for a wide range of healthcare professionals in various stages of training, this book attempts to provide a succinct overview of cardiovascular medicine.
Purpose: The purpose is to review a broad spectrum of cardiovascular disease in a somewhat detailed manner for those who may have an interest in the field. Given the ever-changing nature of cardiology, this book is needed.
Audience: The preface indicates the book is intended for all medical professionals, but it is most appropriate for fourth-year medical students, residents interested in pursuing a career in cardiology, or physician-assistants or nurse practitioners in the field of cardiology.
Features: Covering a diverse spectrum of cardiovascular medicine, the book does a good job of briefly reviewing basic pathophysiology/physiology of many pertinent areas. The brief discussion of history and physical exam findings is well written for medical students. Unique to this book are the "approach to the patient" boxes that may help guide management for healthcare professionals just starting in the field. One of the shortcomings is a lack of citations of major pertinent trials.
Assessment: This is a great book for students and residents. It is an easy and fast read. The diagrams and illustrations are pertinent and easy to understand and, in many cases, correlate well with the text. It is a great supplement for readers who are either entering the field of medicine or have a broader scope of practice (i.e. internists/nurse practitioners).