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From The CriticsReviewer: Douglas Moodie, MD (Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: This second edition of a pocket-sized book on pediatric cardiology focuses on the clinical evaluation of the patient, involving primarily physical examination, chest x-ray, and EKG. Because it reviews the more traditional methods of evaluating a cardiac patient, this book is primarily directed at general practitioners, medical students, and residents. The coauthor, Dr. Jim Moller, is an outstanding and nationally known veteran pediatric cardiologist from the University of Minnesota.
Purpose: The purpose is to formulate guidelines that general practitioners, medical students, and house officers can use to approach the diagnostic problem presented by an infant or child with a cardiac finding. Through proper assessment and integration of the history, physical exam, EKG, and x-ray, the type of problem can be diagnosed in most patients with congenital heart disease.
Audience: The audience includes practitioners in pediatrics, family practice, and pediatric cardiology, as well as medical students and residents in these fields.
Features: The book is nicely divided into diagnostic methods, heart disease in special populations, and classification and pathophysiology of various lesions. The cardiac lesions are then broken down to acyanotic and cyanotic types. Special chapters cover cardiac conditions in the neonate, acquired cardiac conditions, arrhythmias, congestive heart failure, and preventive cardiology.
Assessment: This excellent pocket guide can be used by young pediatric cardiology practitioners, medical students, and residents. It can be carried in lab coats and used as a reference at the bedside when performing a physical exam or analyzing chest x-rays and EKGs of children with heart disease.