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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Jason A. Mitchell, MD (Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: This well written, comprehensive cardiology textbook updates the previous edition of 2001.
Purpose: The authors provide an up-to-date cardiology textbook that emphasizes not only therapeutic strategies, but also the etiology, pathology, and altered physiology behind the disease states.
Audience: This book is appropriate for anyone involved in the care of patients with cardiovascular diseases including students, house officers, and staff cardiologists who need a comprehensive reference.
Features: The book, through its 16 parts and 108 chapters, covers the entire field of cardiology. New additions to this edition include genetics, new imaging technology, pulmonary hypertension, and advances in interventional cardiology. The ACC/AHA guidelines are emphasized throughout. The book is comprehensive, and at the same time easy to read. For example, chapter 73 deals with congenital heart disease and the use of new (MR, CT) imaging modalities, latest surgical treatments with diagrams, and clear explanations of the altered physiology. In addition, the book has its own Web site where chapters are continually updated as clinical trials are released.
Assessment: This is an outstanding textbook for general cardiology that can be highly recommended. This edition is justified in a rapidly evolving field such as cardiology. The Web site with its continually updated chapters will help to keep this information current.