June 19, 1954

Congenital Heart Disease: An Illustrated Diagnostic Approach.

JAMA. 1954;155(8):800. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.03690260092039

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The authors have undertaken the difficult task of presenting a highly technical subject in simple and nontechnical terms. The book is written as an introduction to congenital heart disease and is divided into two parts. In the first part a fairly good but brief approach to the subject is made. A few useful hints are given on how the physician should consider each case and what he should look for and avoid. Next are considered laboratory tests, roentgenology, the electrocardiogram, and special procedures such as angiocardiography and cardiac catheterization. A few words are devoted to the surgical treatment of certain malformations. The section on roentgenology is excellent and is the best aspect of the whole book. The paper, format, choice of illustrations, and reproductions are also excellent. Emphasis is placed on pediatric roentgenology. The part on electrocardiography is inadequate. The dangers of angiocardiography and cardiac catheterization are overemphasized. The statement

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