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June 11, 1982

Diagnostic Echocardiography

JAMA. 1982;247(22):3139-3140. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320470079047

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This handsomely bound, abundantly illustrated, well-formatted, conveniently sized book is an excellent text for medical personnel not specializing in echocardiography. Its 15 chapters present individual topics from the point of view of the separate authors, who are recognized experts. Although there is no attempt to include all points of view in the text or to be all inclusive in the bibliographies, the discussions are not oversimplified and are generally complete.

The longest chapter discusses the diagnostic use of M-mode and twodimensional echocardiography, together emphasizing how each technique complements the other, both in general terms and with many specific examples. Another excellent chapter summarizes the past ten years' work by Gibson and Brown digitizing data from M-mode echocardiography largely in diastole, from which information on overall left ventricular function, both systolic and diastolic, can be obtained. The first two chapters include discussions of the physics of ultrasound using largely word description