Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
The second edition of The Practice of Clinical Echocardiography, by Catherine M. Otto and 73 other contributors, is yet another publication in the rapidly evolving field of echocardiography. This cardiovascular subspecialty has grown dramatically over the last 30 years along with advances in heart disease diagnosis and treatment. Cardiac ultrasound lags behind only electrocardiography as the most commonly ordered cardiac test.
In her introductory remarks, Dr Otto writes, "This book reflects our role as clinicians with specialized expertise in echocardiography. . . ." In the daily practice of cardiac ultrasound testing, the cardiologist/echocardiographer interacts with physicians of various clinical backgrounds in a true exchange of information. The echocardiographer might be asked about the management of a patient with endocarditis after reviewing specific findings on the echocardiogram that relate directly to the patient's prognosis. Yet such participation is not that of a formal consultant. It is precisely this interaction that justifies textbooks such as Otto's.
EchocardiographyThe Practice of Clinical Echocardiography. JAMA. 2002;288(16):2050-2051. doi:10.1001/jama.288.16.2050-JBK1023-2-1