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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Leslie Cho, MD (Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine)
Description: This book provides a full review of acute coronary syndromes (ACS) from pathophysiology to management.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a comprehensive review of ACS using the new paradigm of ST elevation MI vs. non-ST elevation MI. The book provides a good review of the pathophysiology, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of this wide spectrum of syndromes. Since this is an ever changing field, such a book could potentially provide a comprehensive review of pertinent literature. This book is adequate in providing a comprehensive review of literature, but in many of the chapters it regurgitates trial information without providing any further insight.
Audience: The book is mainly for residents, cardiology fellows, and cardiologists, as well as emergency physicians and residents. Some authors are recognized authorities in the field while others appear to be fellows.
Features: The book is a good comprehensive review of ACS. However, unlike the stated goal it is not up to the minute and, unfortunately, no book can be since this field is changing at a rapid rate. The major shortcoming of the book is that in some chapters, there is a mere regurgitation of trial data without a good synthesis of the information. There are other ACS books out there (Topol's Acute Coronary Syndromes, 2nd edition (Marcel Dekker, 2001), etc.) and for the most part all these books are similar.
Assessment: This is a useful and good book, but it is not as good as it could have been because of the regurgitation of trial data without synthesis of the findings. A second edition is warranted because the field is changing rapidly.