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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Nicholas N Hanna, MD (Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: This is the 13th edition of a multidisciplinary and comprehensive textbook of cardiovascular disease.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide current, comprehensive, and clinically relevant information on cardiovascular disease in order to keep clinicians up to date on advances in the field and to optimize patient care.
Audience: It is suitable for students, midlevel providers, physicians in training, internists, and cardiologists.
Features: This edition surpasses its predecessor with 19 new chapters and 59 new authors from around the world. One such chapter focuses on the essential topic of assessing and improving quality of care, as well as cost-effective strategies in cardiology. The chapters on scientific foundations of cardiovascular medicine have been updated and integrated into the clinically focused chapters of the book, providing a more reader-friendly design. There is now a separate chapter on cardiac transplantation, and the entire section on valvular heart disease has been rewritten by new authors who are authorities in the field. The book also has over 1,500 full-color illustrations, and includes a DVD that makes them easy to transfer to presentations.
Assessment: This is an outstanding choice for those who strive for a firm foundation in cardiovascular medicine, as well as an up-to-date and user-friendly source that addresses every discipline in the field. The updates and enhancements to this edition have made the book easier to use.