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From The CriticsReviewer: Reginald C. Nesbitt, MD (University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine)
Description: The book is well presented with case-based analysis and appropriate ECG findings. The inclusion of the clinical course gives a more realistic feel to the book of actual patient practice.
Purpose: The primary focus and objective of this book is accurate diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction (MI) and the use of this information to initiate reperfusion therapy in appropriate individuals. Given the increased morbidity and mortality of missed MI, this book is most appropriate. The objectives are clearly met through a case-based approach that is both engaging and reader friendly. The book is useful to both the seasoned clinician or resident or medical student.
Audience: The book is targeted to all healthcare providers who encounter patients with chest pain and acute MI (not limited to practitioners, residents or students).
Features: This book clearly meets its objectives which is accurate ECG diagnosis of the acute MI. It uses a case-based approach that incorporates the history and physical with the ECG. The book is quite reader friendly and provides 300 ECGs for interpretation. What is also unique is the ECG analysis after reperfusion. The only shortcoming is use of photocopies of ECGs.
Assessment: As an emergency medicine resident, I found this book useful and more importantly clinically relevant. It goes a step beyond conventional texts which only focus on interpretation by providing clinical scenarios and outcomes. The book is easily readable is a single sitting and lightweight.