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July 17, 1981

Cardiac Catheterization and Angiography

Author Affiliations

University of California San Francisco

JAMA. 1981;246(3):281. doi:10.1001/jama.1981.03320030065037

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The purpose of this latest edition has not changed, providing an updated and expanded handbook for all cardiologists and radiologists who are involved in the day-to-day practice of cardiac catheterization and angiocardiography.

The book contains excellent chapters on the proper utilization of radiology equipment and lucid, concise sections on established percutaneous and arteriotomy techniques, in addition to methods of transseptal and balloon-tipped catheterization. Special attention is given to infants and children. Basic principles are de scribed in an organized and efficient style. Modern concepts and methods for obtaining hemodynamic measurements, as well as ventricular dimensions, are also discussed and well documented.

The text and references are pertinent and adequate, but deliberately not exhaustive. The well-designed illustrations are simple and practical, resulting in enhanced clarity of purpose. Interpretation of findings has wisely been separated from those sections dealing with technique, which is helpful in enabling pertinent integration of the hemodynamic data