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May 1973

Acute Coronary Care.

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Los Angeles


By Gerald H. Whipple, MD; Mary Ann Peterson, RN, MS; Virginia Haines, RN, MS; Edward Learner, MD; and Elizabeth L. McKinnon, RN, PhD. Price, $9.50. Pp 400. Little, Brown & Co, 34 Beacon St, Boston 02106, 1972.

Arch Intern Med. 1973;131(5):754. doi:10.1001/archinte.1973.00320110138023

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This is a superb comprehensive and detailed encyclopedic discussion of acute coronary care that emphasizes extraordinary developments and advances during the past decade. It also suggests new advances and developments for the future. Written by two physicians and three nurses, the text is a comprehensible nursing textbook and reference for the hospital care of myocardial infarction patients. The emphasis on pathophysiology mechanisms is such that no physician can read it without acquiring new information and insight. It will be a gold mine of information and challenge for the intelligent, dedicated, and persevering nurse.

No coronary care unit should be without this text, and no new unit should be planned without first consulting it in detail. There are thirteen useful appendixes at the end supplying ready, useful information, the most outstanding of which is concise, detailed information on drugs frequently used in a coronary care unit.

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