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January 8, 1982

Valvular Heart Disease

JAMA. 1982;247(2):239. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320270063035

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This readable and well-edited book from the faculty of the University of Massachusetts Medical School provides an excellent review of the current knowledge of common valvular disorders exclusive of complex congenital lesions. The two chief authors are acknowledged experts in the field, and they have wisely used their experience in compiling chapters provided by their fellow faculty members.

The book is divided into 13 chapters; nine deal with the clinical and pathophysiological aspects of isolated valvular lesions (mitral, aortic, tricuspid, and pulmonic valve disorders), one with combined valvular disease, and three with pathogenesis, antimicrobial prophylaxis of infective endocarditis, and anticoagulant therapy. The material in each chapter is organized by etiology; clinical and laboratory findings, including echocardiographic and catheterization studies; differential diagnosis; and therapy. Excellent tables provide succinct summaries of the text. The figures, which are derived from the authors' own experience and from the cardiology literature, are generally of good