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November 25, 1988

Essentials of Cardiac Physical Diagnosis

Author Affiliations

Duke University Medical Center Durham, NC

Duke University Medical Center Durham, NC

JAMA. 1988;260(20):3070. doi:10.1001/jama.1988.03410200126048

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This book discusses the physical diagnosis of cardiovascular diseases in adult patients. The first 12 chapters describe individual features of a comprehensive physical examination of the cardiovascular system (palpation of the arterial pulse, evaluation of jugular venous pulsations, auscultation of heart sounds, etc), while the remaining 11 chapters describe the classic physical findings and differential diagnosis of specific cardiac disorders common in adult patients (aortic stenosis, mitral valve prolapse, etc). Nineteen chapters have been written by Dr Abrams himself, the chief of cardiology at the New Mexico School of Medicine, while the remaining four chapters were contributed by other physicians.

As an introduction to this subject for medical students, or as a review for more experienced physicians, this book is readable, accurate, adequately illustrated, and reasonably priced. As a special feature, the narrative descriptions in each chapter are broken with italicized statements of practical tips that merit special emphasis, both