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August 29, 1977

Cardiac Emergencies

JAMA. 1977;238(9):978. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03280100062031

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Eliot and his crew of associate editors and experts have combined their writing and investigative talents to produce a well-edited and appealing book on Cardiac Emergencies. It provides useful knowledge and information about the pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management of catastrophic cardiac complications, the bete noire of most physicians. This book focuses attention not only on why these troublesome situations arise but also on how to treat them.

Section 1 summarizes current research on the pathophysiology of coronary heart disease, myocardial infarction, shock, congestive heart failure, and cardiac arrhythmias. Sections 2 and 3 offer clinically useful advice and recommendations for the recognition, diagnosis, and care of these major cardiovascular emergencies. Among its many good features is a chapter on syncope by Drs Dunn and Carley, with comprehensive tables and a clinically handy evaluation chart for pinpointing the cardiovascular causes of syncope. Illustrations are excellently reproduced, especially those in a chapter entitled