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Book and Media Reviews
June 18, 2008

Cardiac Surgery in the Adult

JAMA. 2008;299(23):2798-2800. doi:10.1001/jama.299.23.2798-b

The editorship of the important text Cardiac Surgery in the Adult has successfully transitioned to Lawrence Cohn in this third edition. There are 166 contributors, of whom only 9 are from outside the United States and Canada. As a result, the text has a decidedly North American orientation. It is organized into 8 sections, each with several chapters that, when combined, give comprehensive coverage of a specific area.

Part I, “Fundamentals,” opens with a history of cardiac surgery followed by superb chapters on cardiac anatomy, physiology, and pharmacology. Important anatomic landmarks for the cardiac surgeon are well described and illustrated in the chapter on cardiac anatomy. The chapter on cardiac surgical imaging is well illustrated and depicts the state of the art of this rapidly evolving field. This section ends with chapters on risk stratification and statistics, which provide an inclusive summary of these important topics.