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January 8, 1997

Cardiology for the Primary Care Physician

Author Affiliations

Flushing Hospital Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine Flushing, NY

JAMA. 1997;277(2):176. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03540260090048

Cardiology, Primary Care

The restructuring of medical care requires the primary care physician to apply more efficient methods and judiciously refer the patient to the specialist and the hospital. Practitioners need solid, up-to-date knowledge in many medical specialties.

Keeping the primary care physician well informed is not an easy task. To that end, Cardiology for the Primary Care Physician, edited by Alpert, fills a special role.

The text's principal asset is its condensed, authoritative, and well-written chapters. Berg and Sebastian in their opening chapter on physical diagnosis demonstrate its central role in patient evaluation,1 demonstrating the value of the older, noninvasive techniques in diagnosing heart disease. As the chapter is brief, one cannot expect a thorough discussion of all features of bedside cardiology, such as the pericardial rub, loudness of the first and second heart sounds, an apical heave detected by palpation pointing to left ventricular hypertrophy,2 and