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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Richard W Pearl, M.D., M.P.H.(Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: Hurst's the Heart has become a standard reference textbook in cardiology. It is a comprehensive review by experts in their respective areas of cardiology.
Purpose: Given the explosive growth of information in the field of cardiovascular diseases, this latest edition is a timely update.
Audience: This book is aimed primarily at cardiologists and cardiology trainees, but is appropriate for midlevels, medical students, internal medicine trainees, and internal medicine physicians who desire a complete reference.
Features: This well-organized textbook begins with a thoughtful discussion of cardiology's past and future. It presents readers with the foundations of cardiovascular medicine and the basics of cardiovascular evaluation. These initial chapters provide an excellent overview of topics in general cardiology from guidelines to newer diagnostic modalities such as MRI, CT, and PET. Subsequently, the book is organized to provide readers with a focused approach to other areas of cardiology from heart failure to electrophysiology and interventional cardiology.
Assessment: This is a very useful reference that compiles a vast amount of information on the diagnosis and management of cardiovascular diseases in one book. It continues to be one of best overall references in this field.