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From The CriticsReviewer: John F. Moran, MD (Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine)
Description: This is the book plus Internet version of the tenth edition of the standard textbook in cardiovascular medicine. Many of the chapters in the text were rewritten and updated, all developed in some 16 sections.
Purpose: The purpose is to allow additional up-to-date material to supplement a standard book in cardiovascular medicine.
Audience: The audience remains the same, all cardiovascular fellows, cardiologists, and cardiovascular physicians as well as internal medicine residents and students who are looking for a reference in cardiovascular medicine.
Features: The charm of this format of Hurst's The Heart is that it comes with a one year subscription to The Heart online with fast access to up-to-the-minute medicine and updates that are released intermittently. This Internet edition also includes a search capability and links to online resources.
Assessment: This is the first cardiovascular textbook that comes with an Internet subscription allowing access to up-to-date information. It also allows access to a very complex text when one is searching out a particular point. However, after a relatively few minutes of searching, I was cut off from the Internet, with the message that I had reached "the maximum connection for this account." I then had to wait 10 minutes for a connection before I could try it again. This is a great nuisance. I presume the reason for this is concern about passing around the Internet option to people who have not purchased the Internet edition. On balance, it is probably a good idea, but the time limit is annoying.