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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Dharmendrakumar A Patel, MD MPH(Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: Organized to provide a comprehensive and up-to-date overview of the field of cardiology, this book aims to bridge the gap between bare bones review books and classic textbooks. The previous edition was published in 2006.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a succinct yet comprehensive book rather than an overwhelming reference on cardiology.
Audience: This concise book is specifically aimed at cardiology fellows in training and practicing clinicians seeking initial certification or recertification on the cardiovascular boards.
Features: Written by the experts in the field, each chapter in this book presents a solid framework of concepts with sufficient depth to make the subject interesting yet concise. These chapters are organized in an accessible, reader-friendly format that can be reviewed in a limited amount of time. The book contains more than 1,000 illustrations, many of which are in color, to supplement the text. In addition, highlighted text with summary points in each chapter facilitates review of key facts. The fourth edition has been updated to reflect current practice guidelines and cardiovascular trials, and contains updated or completely reworked sections.
Assessment: Based on the original syllabus for the Mayo Cardiovascular Review Course, this book offers an excellent resource for those preparing for the certification exams as well as for trainees and clinicians wanting to update their knowledge of cardiovascular diseases.