June 1959

Intracardiac Phenomena in Right and Left Heart Catheterization.

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By Aldo A. Luisada, M.D., and Chi Kong Liu, M.D. Price, $9.50. Pp. 179, with 98 illustrations. Grune & Stratton, Inc., 381 4th Ave., New York 16, 1958.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1959;103(6):1007. doi:10.1001/archinte.1959.00270060159030

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Much of this monograph is devoted to the analysis and interpretation of cardiac pressures and pulses, normal and abnormal. Some of this information was published in Dr. Luisada's earlier text, but this volume also incorporates information on intracardiac phonocardiography and intracardiac electrocardiography. The text is a fairly comprehensive survey of these phenomena and will be valuable in supplying broad general knowledge in these areas. The authors have not attempted to make this a detailed manual on cardiac catheterization techniques or on the interpretation of data. Relatively little information is given on the characteristics of monometers and recording systems or on the theoretical aspects of dynamic pressure recording. One chapter is devoted to the problems associated with the production of artifacts. An understanding of such problems is important, considering the difficulties in making valid pressure recordings in human subjects with the techniques and instruments now available. An appreciation of these pitfalls

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