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December 16, 1992

Understanding Pediatric Heart Sounds

Author Affiliations

Lenexa, Kan


by Steven Lehrer, 230 pp, with illus, and one audiocassette, paper $38.95, ISBN 0-7216-2387-5, Philadelphia, Pa, WB Saunders Co, 1992.

JAMA. 1992;268(23):3380. doi:10.1001/jama.1992.03490230110045

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This 230-page softcover book, by Steven Lehrer, MD, is a comprehensive review of the literature related to heart sounds. The author writes simply and clearly. The book is almost an abbreviated text of pediatric cardiology and could be titled "Pediatric Cardiovascular Assessment and Diagnosis." Much of the material has been previously covered in such books as Pediatric Cardiology for Practitioners, by M. K. Park, and two books by J. K. Perloff, The Clinical Recognition of Congenital Heart Disease and Physical Examination of the Heart and Circulation.

The figures and tables are almost exclusively reproduced with acknowledgment from previous publications. Although little new information is included, the manner in which the author presents the material is outstanding and goes much beyond the understanding of pediatric heart sounds. The references at the end of each chapter are extensive and excellent for the student who desires to pursue the subjects in great detail.