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February 7, 1977

Essentials of Echocardiography

Author Affiliations

Providence Hospital Columbia, SC

JAMA. 1977;237(6):582. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03270330072029

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There have been several technical monographs on echocardiography written by pioneers in the field in this country. The present monograph was designed, its authors affirm, not as a competitive monograph for books by these basic investigators. Rather, the authors' aim was to provide an illustrated guide of characteristic echocardiographic demonstrations with appropriate explanation for medical students, house officers, primary care physicians, and internists who are not directly involved in performing or interpreting echocardiographic studies but who have a great need for understanding the interpretations and information afforded by this technique. The book is very thorough in its presentation and moves in an orderly sequence through the various intracardiac structures, which are commonly visualized rather well by echocardiography. The usually accepted normal ranges of echocardiographic dimensions are listed in a conspicuous location in the first chapter. Very good references are supplied for those who desire to read further on any one