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Essential Pediatric Cardiology

Lucas, Victor MD

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Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise: February 2005 - Volume 37 - Issue 2 - p 346
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Essential Pediatric Cardiology

Editors: Koenig, Peter, M.D.; Hijazi, Ziyad M., M.D., MPH, FACC; Zimmerman, Frank, M.D.

Bibliographic Data: (ISBN: 0-07-140919-X, McGraw-Hill Companies, 2004, $54.95) 599 pages, soft cover.

Subjects: Pediatrics, Cardiology, Family Practice, Pediatrics, Coronary Care

DESCRIPTION: This text is a broad overview of the field of pediatric cardiology aimed at the primary clinician. The book covers a very wide range of topics including congenital structural and electrical cardiac disease. Cardiac problems facing the general pediatrician are reviewed in detail. This appears to be a first edition.

PURPOSE: The purpose of this text is to help the clinician understand what cardiac issues are within the realm of primary care management, when to refer patients to a pediatric cardiologist, and to improve interactions with the pediatric cardiology specialist. These objectives are worthy and well met by the author. The book fills a gap in the literature.

AUDIENCE: The audience for this text includes pediatricians, other primary care physicians, and residents in training. This text should be of interest to seasoned academic pediatric cardiologists as well, as an example of a concise, straightforward teaching method.

FEATURES: This text covers a variety of pediatric cardiac problems including congenital structural and electrical disease, acquired heart disease in infancy and childhood, and common non-cardiac problems appearing as cardiac problems to primary caregivers. Pertinent reviews of pathophysiology, anatomy, diagnostic methods, and treatment options are included.

ASSESSMENT: I am aware of no other text with these aims written as well, as easy to read, and so up-to-date.

SCORE: Weighted Numerical Score: 93

Reviewed by: Victor Lucas, M.D.

(Ochsner Clinic Foundation)

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