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Books, Journals, New Media
September 15, 2004


Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.

JAMA. 2004;292(11):1373-1374. doi:10.1001/jama.292.11.1373-b

The new edition of the textbook Cardiology, like the previous one, is monumental, with 1600 pages, 2360 illustrations, and coverage of every aspect of cardiovascular disease. One would think that reviewing this book would be a daunting task, but that was not the case, because it is well organized and well written. Different sections are color-coded to highlight specific topics. Chapters can be read in a short time, and each includes an introductory box of bulleted highlights. The boxes familiarize the reader with the format and style and help in remembering the content. Algorithms, tables, figures, and illustrations support the text. All these features make the book easy to read, informative, and enjoyable.