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June 11, 1982

Clinical Heart Disease

JAMA. 1982;247(22):3139. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320470079045

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Clinical Heart Disease, written by Samuel Oram (Holt-Oram syndrome), is intended as a reasonably comprehensive rather than exhaustive textbook of cardiology with a strong clinical bias, suitable for use by medical students, practitioners, and professional cardiologists.

The book contains 828 pages of text, divided into 24 chapters. After a brief summary of applied cardiovascular embryology, anatomy, and physiology, approximately the first third of the text contains a discussion of data-gathering techniques, including the history and physical examination, radiographic evaluation, and noninvasive and invasive techniques for assessment of cardiac function. The second two thirds of the book, organized into 16 chapters in broad categories, such as pericarditis, congenital heart disease, and cardiac aspects of pulmonary disease, are devoted to a discussion of specific cardiac disorders.

The text reflects careful editing, being concise yet very readable, and contains few typographical errors. Clear diagrams, photographs, and tables are well utilized and enhance the