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September 24, 1982

Clinical Cardiology

JAMA. 1982;248(12):1512. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330120066042

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This is the third edition of a superb introduction to cardiology. However, there is a question of importance to be answered. Do we really need another edition so soon since the last one was published in 1978—an edition, incidentally, I also had the privilege of reviewing for The Journal?

In the preface the authors state that "the large amount of published research in cardiology... encouraged us to make a thorough revision for this third edition." They are correct concerning the volume of cardiology literature, but this is no justification for a book of this type (essentially a primer, albeit a good one). Another few years would be required for anyone owning the second edition to justify replacing it with the revised version. Again in the preface, "major revisions are in the chapters on cardiac physiology, non-invasive investigations, coronary disease and congenital heart disease." Chapter 11 covers congenital heart disease, and