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May 20, 1992

Neonatal Heart Disease

Author Affiliations

The Heart Institute for Children Palos Heights, Ill

 

by Robert M. Freedom, Leland N. Benson, and Jeffrey F. Smallhorn, 881 pp, with illus, $180, ISBN 0-387-19639-0, New York, NY, Springer-Verlag, 1992.

JAMA. 1992;267(19):2676. doi:10.1001/jama.1992.03480190120049

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Abstract

This book is the successor to The Neonate With Congenital Heart Disease, by Richard D. Rowe and his colleagues, last published in 1981. This new text is again written for the serious student of congenital heart disease, which includes all pediatric cardiologists, fellows to senior citizens.

As the title indicates, the book focuses on the neonate with congenital heart disease who is symptomatic. Detailed physical findings are, as we all know, of little use in the newborn and are only tangentially discussed in this text. Instead, the diagnosis is made, above all, by echocardiography, supported by angiography, electrocardiography, the chest x-ray film, and an occasional magnetic resonance scan; the unique use of rapid cine computed tomography is not available to the authors. The main message of the text is extremely practical: understand the basic pathology and its variations, use the shortest route to make a complete diagnosis, and then consult

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