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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Ramy A Badawi, MBBS MA MRCP(Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: This is the latest update of a classic compendium covering a broad spectrum of cardiovascular diseases.
Purpose: The book is designed to serve as a succinct, portable reference source on the diagnosis and management of the full range of cardiovascular conditions encountered by the practicing cardiovascular physician.
Audience: The book targets clinicians, physicians in training, midlevel providers, and students of all backgrounds who work with cardiovascular disease patients on a daily basis.
Features: The handbook is compact and portable. It is carefully structured into short chapters (5 to 15 pages long) that are concise yet comprehensive and often annotated with tables and figures. The 62 chapters cover the full array of cardiovascular conditions encountered in current day medicine and systematically discuss their etiology, presentation, diagnosis, management, and treatment with specific attention to current ACC/AHA Clinical Practice Guidelines.
Assessment: This is an excellent counterpart to larger references (including Hurst's the Heart, 12th edition, Fuster et al. (McGraw-Hill, 2008), as the original intent of the authors). The chapters are short, succinct, and well written. The handbook makes excellent use of tables, algorithms, diagrams, and figures to synthesize key aspects of cardiovascular disease and care. Treatment recommendations take into account current ACC/AHA Clinical Practice Guidelines and are very specific about the indications for therapy. The chapters are written by established experts and are well referenced. Its portability makes it an instant rapid-access resource, invaluable for physicians doing bedside rounds.