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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Jack Stanko, MS, MD (Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine)
Description: This first edition summarizes the present-day practice of interventional cardiology beyond conventional balloon angioplasty. It looks into the future of device therapy and brings the reader up-to-date on clinical trials.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide an authoritative review of the field of interventional cardiology with practical advice and illustrative examples on technique. This is a lofty goal. Thus, it is not surprising that the technical information provided is superficial in certain areas of the text.
Audience: The book is written in a manner that will be accepted and understood by a wide audience of healthcare professionals, from CV technicians and nurses, generalists and cardiology fellows, to practicing cardiologists. The text is multiauthored by highly esteemed clinicians from multiple disciplines.
Features: The book is impeccably illustrated with an abundance of photographs, radiographs, tables, and summary charts. The text and references in each chapter are well organized and highlighted. All is presented on high-quality photographic paper.
Assessment: This is a thoughtfully written review of many of the issues present today in interventional cardiology by a superb group of authors. It gives basic practical advice on interventional strategies but is in no way complete—- nor can it be. I believe it is an informative text and would be a worthwhile addition to a personal or professional library.