December 1970

The Tetralogy of Fallot, From a Surgical Viewpoint.

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By John W Kirklin, MD, and Robert B Karp, MD, with the collaboration of Alberto Barcia, MD, and LM Bargeron, Jr, MD. Price, $13 (United States); $14.05 (Canada). Pp 189, with 88 illustrations. WB Saunders Co, 218 W Washington Sq, Philadelphia 19105, 1970.

Am J Dis Child. 1970;120(6):586. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1970.02100110134028

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The surgical treatment of tetralogy of Fallot is and has been a great challenge to the cardiovascular surgeon. The ability to transform a severely cyanotic child with limited physical capacity and life expectancy to a healthy thriving acyanotic state is a miraculous deed. This feat has been possible only in the last two decades. The skills required to accomplish this task have touched many areas of medicine and science. John Kirklin, MD, one of the most knowledgeable and skillful cardiovascular surgeons, and his associate have adeptly written a monograph describing in precise terms the many facets of the management of tetralogy of Fallot.

This book includes chapters dealing with definition, morphology, hemodynamics, life history, clinical features and diagnosis, open intracardiac operation, treatment during the postoperative period, results of intracardiac repair, palliative operations, indications for operation, and the treatment of congenital pulmonary atresia with ventricular septal defect. There are many

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