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From The CriticsReviewer:James M Schipper, MD(Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description:This latest entry in a yearly series that highlights significant advances in various medical fields covers cardiology.
Purpose:The book covers areas where recent discoveries, inventions, or changes in practices have occurred. The fact that it is a book allows these topics to be addressed in more detail than in a journal, and its yearly publication allows it to stay more current than a textbook.
Audience:This would be of interest to anyone who cares for cardiovascular patients. However, it is best for people with a solid knowledge base in this field. The authors assume readers are familiar with cardiovascular pathophysiology, devices, and treatment and, therefore, only cover new developments. It would be most useful to someone with a busy practice who wants to stay abreast of current events but needs topics covered in enough depth to be applicable to clinical practice.
Features:The book covers a wide range of emerging topics from basic science, such as the molecular basis for vascular calcification, to new inventions like percutaneous heart valves and left ventricular assist devices. It makes good use of tables, graphs, illustrations, and photographs and highlights key clinical points at the end of each chapter. Topics are easy to read but covered in enough depth that readers can feel confident about the subject.
Assessment:This is not a comprehensive textbook, nor does it purport to be. It fills a niche between journals and textbooks and covers subjects in a thorough yet concise manner. It has the advantage over textbooks of being more focused, allowing it to stress current information and get to press quickly.