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November 7, 1977

Echocardiographic Diagnosis of Congenital Heart Disease

Author Affiliations

University of Massachusetts Medical School Worcester

JAMA. 1977;238(19):2074-2075. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03280200086036

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Echocardiography is particularly important in congenital heart disease because it is a record of dynamic (ie, time-motion) morphology. Organized in an extended outline format with many carefully captioned illustrations, this book superbly presents the state of the art in a manner that permits ready reference while remaining easy to read. The authors are necessarily masters of their craft (echocardiography, like playing the violin, should be technically perfect or not attempted) who understand fully its capabilities and limitations. They undertake three aims: understanding clinical situations in which echocardiography is useful, judging the reliability of echo findings in relation to artifacts and anatomic variations, and providing familiarity with the appropriate technique.

Chapters cover normal echocardiographic anatomy of each important cardiac structure, echocardiographic diagnosis in acyanotic heart disease, ventricular inflow and outflow obstructions, and echocardiographic diagnosis in cyanotic heart disease. Subsections cover special items like individual valves or septal defects. The sections are