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February 23, 1970

Cardiac Catheterization and Angiocardiography: An Introductory Manual

Author Affiliations

Tufts University Boston

JAMA. 1970;211(8):1381. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03170080069032

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In a compact and handsomely illustrated manual of 172 pages, the authors transcend their declared purpose of providing cardiology trainees with a background in radiology and radiologists with a background in hemodynamics. They provide not only a down-to-earth "how to do it" course in cardiac, arterial, and venous catheterization, but also clear guidelines to the interpretation of results.

The attention to detail, particularly regarding technical problems and anomalous results, is one of its strongest features. Only rarely are there omissions (eg, a meticulous discussion of venous catheter insertion omits mention of ligatures). The illustrated descriptions of manipulation of catheters in the right and left portions of the heart, with accompanying line drawings, are as close to the real thing as a text can get. The authors have not restricted themselves to pressure measurement only but include the use of phonocardiographic catheters and electrode catheters for diagnosis and pacing.

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