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August 1956

Cardiovascular Surgery.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1956;92(2):215. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1956.02060030209020

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This volume contains the material presented during a symposium devoted to discussion of cardiovascular problems. No attempt is made to approach each subject from a purely didactic viewpoint. Rather, the format is that of a delightfully informal presentation of papers followed by a brief discussion.

An interesting series of papers is presented covering current advances in cardiac catheterization, electrocardiography in congenital vascular disease, and angiocardiography.

An excellent section is included dealing with problems of cardiopulmonary adjustment in the presence of intra- and extracardiac communications between the systemic and pulmonary circulations. Emphasis is properly placed on the dynamic role of the pulmonary vasculature in determination of magnitude and direction of shunts.

An extensive section is devoted to evaluation of surgical techniques and results in mitral and aortic valvular disease. Interesting panel discussions of problems of diagnosis and management of atrial septal defects and the present status of hypothermia in cardiac surgery

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