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Any book must be evaluated in the context of its goals. The authors indicate it is not their aim to present an encyclopedia containing all possible presentations of congenital heart disease in newborn infants. Rather, with unnecessary apologies to their colleagues in pediatric cardiology, the book is directed to pediatricians and general practitioners who constitute the newborn infant's first line of defense. Such a noncardiologist pediatrician is not likely to be primarily interested in the detailed anatomy of various malformations of the heart and great vessels. Rather, he is searching for a better understanding of the infant with disturbed cardiac function, ie, the systemic effects of cardiac disease, or the cardiac effects of systemic diseases. The pediatric generalist may then better be able to recognize the early signs of heart disease in the newborn infant and to approach the primary diagnosis in a logical manner; and, having consulted the cardiologist,
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