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From The CriticsReviewer: Luis F. Escobar, MD, MS (St. Vincent Hospital and Health Care Center)
Description: This is a wonderful compilation of up-to-date information about velo-cardio-facial syndrome (VCFS). It is a detailed review of the clinical factors involved in the management of patients affected with VCFS and it provides information on frequently overlooked areas such as speech and language disorders, family issues, and neuroimaging associated with VCSF.
Purpose: The purpose is to review recent information that until now has been sporadically discussed in the literature. Drs. Murphy and Scambler have accomplished the necessary goal of combining the knowledge from multiple disciplines involved in the care of VCFS patients.
Audience: Although the authors do not specify an audience, the highly specialized subject represents information that can be easily used by all healthcare professionals who are involved in the care of VCFS patients, including genetic counselors, social workers, pediatric cardiologists, psychiatrists, pediatricians, and clinical geneticists.
Features: This is a wonderful compilation on recent knowledge from different disciplines. The historical perspective is most interesting, but the topics of immunodeficiency, behavioral difficulties, neuroimaging, and family issues are new areas seldom discussed in the literature. The review of the nephro-urologic, gastrointestinal, and ophthalmic findings is extremely helpful for the management of VCFS patients.
Assessment: This is a wonderful, highly specialized tool for clinicians in general. It is a great source for multiple specialties (pediatric cardiology, ENT, medical genetics, etc. The work presented here is unique, with no other similar books in the market. The integration of the different aspects of VCFS makes this a great instrument for multidisciplinary teams.