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From The CriticsReviewer: Thomas Young, MD (Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: This book provides, predominantly in illustrative form, an overview of the major topics in pediatric cardiology and pediatric cardiac surgery. It focuses on congenital heart lesions and their potential surgical treatment, but it also provides an overview of echocardiography, intraventricular catheterization, electrophysiology, and cardiac intensive care. This second edition updates the original published in 2004.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a pocked-sized visual resource for pediatric cardiologists to assist in their discussions with students, staff, patients and families. This is a very worthwhile goal. The complex anatomy of congenital heart disease, coupled with the often serious implications of heart disease, make discussion with trainees and families difficult. Diagrams of specific heart lesions can be very helpful.
Audience: This book is written for pediatric cardiologists and congenital heart disease surgeons for use in discussions with hospital staff, trainees, patients, and families. It is also targeted directly towards students and residents working with pediatric cardiology patients.
Features: After a brief but effective overview of normal cardiac anatomy and function, including fetal and postnatal differences, this book describes the most common congenital heart defects, as well as common congenital heart surgeries. Extensive diagrams supplemented with limited text are used. Separate chapters cover echocardiography, electrophysiology, intraventricular catheterization, and cardiac ICU care. Common cardiac pharmaceuticals, along with brief descriptions of mechanism of action, dosing guidelines, and potential adverse effects are also included. Clearly, the major strength of this book is the multitude of excellent illustrations which so cleverly describe the many common cardiac lesions and surgeries discussed.
Assessment: This is an excellent book. It clearly is geared towards facilitating and teaching either hospital staff and trainees or patients and their families. It is not an exhaustive textbook on pediatric cardiology, but rather a centralized source of medical illustrations to supplement discussion. It would also serve well as a reference for nurses and other staff in units that care for congenital heart disease patients. I know of no other book that compares. The authors state that the second edition has four new chapters (including the excellent chapter on echocardiography) along with an extensive revision of the original chapters.