Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet
S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; Journal
Review Editor: Brenda L. Seago, MLS, MA, Medical College of Virginia Campus,
Virginia Commonwealth University.
With the seventh edition of Braunwald’s Heart
Disease, the editors have accomplished an impressive feat: improving
on an already classic text. With 36 new chapters and full-color figures and
photographs, the new edition is substantially altered in both content and
appearance. Compared with the rather limited color-plate photographs in the
sixth edition, the color photographs, figures, and tables in each chapter
significantly enhance the new text.
Informative chapters on the foundations of cardiovascular medicine remain,
including detailed discussions of history taking, physical examination, and
electrocardiography, topics often overshadowed in an era of rapidly progressive
medical technology. One new chapter focuses on care of patients with end-stage
disease, an important and evolving problem for clinicians caring for a population
living longer owing to aggressive medical therapies and interventions.
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