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March 15, 1965

Essentials of Paediatric Cardiology

JAMA. 1965;191(11):955. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080110079047

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This compact yet complete book can be recommended for those just being introduced to pediatric cardiology and those wishing to review a too distant acquaintance with the subject.

It proceeds in logical fashion to describe the basic consideration of anatomy and physical diagnosis before summarizing the development of the heart and the transition from fetal to adult circulation. Abnormalities of cyanosis, heart murmurs, and cardiac failure are discussed before congenital and acquired heart disease. The developmental abnormalities are divided into the common and uncommon. The individual lesions are defined, and for each the altered physiology, clinical features, and management are summarized.

In the section on tetralogy, this reviewer would have preferred other terms for two colloquialisms. The radiologic appearance of the lung fields is called "dry" rather than "oligemic" (or "excessively clear" or "radiolucent"), and the spells or attacks of paroxysmal dyspnea and cyanosis are repeatedly referred to as "turns."

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