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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Emanuel D Chryssos, M.D.(Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: This second edition of a book written primarily by the staff at the University of Michigan and designed for day-to- day use in the practice of cardiology updates the well received first edition of 2003.
Purpose: The main purpose is to provide a succinct, authoritative guide and this offers a methodical approach to the various aspects of cardiology.
Audience: It is suitable for a broad range of healthcare professionals involved in clinical cardiology, ranging from medical students to house officers, midlevel practitioners, and practicing clinicians. Perhaps a physician in training would get the most benefit, but this book would be helpful for any healthcare professional looking for information in the realm of cardiology.
Features: Using a novel approach for a medical book, the first section is symptom-based. Six chapters are devoted to the most common patient complaints cardiologists see. All the chapters are succinct and focus on practical points; for example, every chapter has a "when to refer" section and a "when to admit" section. The second section covers all the major pathology seen by cardiologists including coronary artery disease, hypertension, valvular disease, and arrhythmias. The final section focuses on the preoperative cardiac evaluation of the noncardiac and cardiac surgery patient.
Assessment: This book starts with a novel approach, focusing on symptoms. The cardiac evaluation of the surgical patient, written by an expert in the field, is well done. Finally, the book does a good job of gathering a large amount of material into an organized, easy to reference format that can be kept near at hand for a quick read.