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From The CriticsReviewer: Robert M Arensman, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This is a general and comprehensive book covering the scope of surgical procedures to repair or ameliorate congenital cardiac anomalies. This is the third edition of a book originally edited by Dr. Arciniegas in 1985, updated in 1994, and now redone in 2003.
Purpose: The two senior editors say the "raison d'etre" of this book is "the timely, updated publication of an established textbook" coupled with the incorporation of several new chapters that "review the avant-garde advances in pediatric cardiac surgery, including minimally invasive congenital heart surgery, pediatric mechanical circulatory support, interventional cardiology, intraoperative transesophageal echocardiography, nomenclature and classification issues for congenital heart surgery, and surgical ablation of arrhythmias." The book remains comprehensive and achieves its objectives in most chapters.
Audience: The authors indicate colleagues, nurses, students, and residents have used the book in the past and found it informative and helpful. Nevertheless, it is written at an advanced level and will prove most useful to cardiovascular fellows, cardiology fellows, or practitioners in the field. The senior authors are cardiovascular surgeons at Children's Memorial in Chicago. In addition, they have assembled slightly more that 50 well known colleagues in cardiovascular surgery or cardiology to provide all the chapters.
Features: This book is massive and runs to almost 900 pages. It covers all the standard anomalies encountered in congenital cardiovascular disease, discusses embryology, diagnosis, correction (surgical or otherwise), and complications. Most of the chapters are well illustrated and have sufficient to massive references. Most of the chapters do not have much information on long term results or very late complications. The graphs, illustrations, charts, and x-rays are generally quite good and high quality throughout. In addition, there are some good supplemental chapters on physiology, perioperative care, the nurse practitioner's role in patient management, and adult congenital heart disease that are not so usual and add to the overall quality of the book.
Assessment: This is a nice update of a standard reference in pediatric cardiovascular surgery. It is a good, readable, and well illustrated book that is necessary nine years after the last revision.