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November 17, 1978

Echocardiography: Interpretation and Diagnosis

Author Affiliations

University of Massachusetts Worcester

JAMA. 1978;240(21):2333. doi:10.1001/jama.1978.03290210115053

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The growth and impact of echocardiography might be called an "ultrasonic boom." Increasingly used to spare the patient invasive procedures, pulsed ultrasound has become indispensable for cardiac diagnosis, so that we now wonder what we ever did without it. In this book, Kleid, Arvan, and their colleagues use an ideal approach for teaching graphic methods. Their text is simultaneously comprehensive and concise. A profusion of clear, beautifully reproduced, and well-labeled illustrations renders unnecessary a greater amount of descriptive prose and makes this also an atlas. Well-chosen citations of the literature make it an equally valuable reference source.

Twenty chapters cover echocardiographic technique and anatomy and every form of cardiac disease, including echocardiographic manifestations of arrhythmias, dissection of the aorta, intracardiac tumors and thrombi, and echocardiography of the right ventricular outflow tract and adjoining structures. There is a nicely illustrated and diagramed chapter on two-dimensional ultrasonic imaging. The chapters on the