by Jules Constant, 347 pp, with illus, $12.50, Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1969.
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Bedside Cardiology is an unconventional but interesting volume intended to teach elementary and advanced aspects of cardiologic physical diagnosis to the medical student, house staff officer, and practicing physicians who may or may not have available special equipment, such as a phonocardiograph and pulse amplifier. What makes this attractively designed book unorthodox is its question-answer format, a variant of programmed learning, but not true programmed learning which requires first the presentation of new information and then pertinent questions and appropriate responses. This book often presupposes knowledge on the part of the reader and proceeds to ask questions without any previous explanation or information on the subject. The unmotivated learner or the busy practitioner may find this text too time-consuming or inadequate for his immediate needs. However, this question-answer method is an excellent teaching device and challenging at the more advanced levels of training.
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Harris R. Bedside Cardiology. JAMA. 1970;212(13):2268. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03170260064026