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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Eric D. Grassman, M.D., Ph.D.(Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine)
Description: This book discusses interpretation of cardiac pathophysiology from pressure waveform analysis in a case example format.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide illustrations and discussions of characteristic hemodynamic findings to assist in hemodynamic waveform interpretation. This excellent objective is accomplished.
Audience: The audience is physicians-in-training, cardiologists, nurses, and technical personnel. This was specified by the author, who is a very credible authority on this subject.
Features: The illustrations are well reproduced, clear, and informative. The references are short, concise, and pertinent. One of the relatively unique features of the book is its case example format. The index is very thorough; it is quite easy to locate a topic. I appreciate the overall simplicity of the appearance of the book.
Assessment: This is an excellent addition to the library of most cardiologists and cardiology fellows. It reemphasizes an important, but somewhat neglected, aspect of cardiac catheterization. Its case example format makes it easy to read and informative. I particularly like the inclusion of new technology such as the Doppler flow wire.