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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: John F. Moran, MD (Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine)
Description: This book on stress testing is 370 pages long, but still fits neatly into the pocket of a white lab coat. Designed to provide a cookbook approach to exercise testing, each chapter is divided into bullets of pertinent information and ends with a summary of key points. There are many tables that adequately list pertinent facts, and 75 references for further reading.
Purpose: The purpose is to describe clinically pertinent aspects of stress testing in sufficient detail to perform the test.
Audience: The audience who would find this useful are primary care physicians, internal medicine specialists, and family practice physicians. Most cardiologists would probably have this information at hand. In any event, this is a good starting book for stress testing. The book is well focused and represents an addition to Dr. Chung's textbook on exercise electrocardiography, initially published in 1979.
Features: Because the text is a pocketbook, the electrocardiographic illustrations are small due to page size, but they are adequate and clear so that a magnifying glass could be used, if needed. There are good descriptions of various exercise test protocols as well as imaging techniques. There is a good comparison of imaging techniques and the variety of stresses that can be used with these techniques, such as treadmill testing, bicycle exercise, and pharmacologic testing.
Assessment: This is a quality book for physicians who wish to learn about stress testing. Each chapter is full of information bullets and important points are focused in the end of each chapter. This is a well-focused addition to Dr. Chung's previous text on exercise electrocardiography. This cookbook of stress testing is recommended for physicians who are starting in the field of exercise testing as well as those who need a review of pertinent aspects after having been in the field.