Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
by T. Anthony Don Michael, 399 pp, with illus, includes one 3.5-in multimedia disk of heart sounds and murmurs, requirements: Macintosh: 68030 processor or higher, 8MB RAM, System 7.1 or later, 256 color monitor; IBM: 486DX/33MHz processor or higher, 9MB RAM, Win 3.1 or 95, VGA monitor, sound card and speaker, paper, $39.95, ISBN 0-07-018005-9, New York, NY, McGraw-Hill, 1998.
The opening sentence of this book properly states the importance of its purpose: "The art of clinical assessment of cardiac patients is alive, but in need of resuscitation." Furthermore, in a limited field, this is the most extensive text currently available on cardiac auscultation for physicians.
The author, who is manifestly expert, has written a well-organized book that will be of use to beginners and experienced practitioners. It contains traditional and clearly written chapters on the basis of heart sounds and auscultation and interpretation of murmurs and other cardiac phenomena. In addition, a useful computer diskette is provided, which acoustically presents examples of basic auscultatory findings, linked to its own chapter. Dr Michael has also created an ingenious method of phonetically describing heart sounds and murmurs that is an advance over the usual but uncertain descriptors like blowing and harsh.
CardiologyAuscultation of the Heart: A Cardiophonetic Approach. JAMA. 1998;279(16):1317. doi:10.1001/jama.279.16.1317-JBK0422-3-1