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December 1976

Congenital Malformations of the Heart

Arch Surg. 1976;111(12):1413. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1976.01360300103028

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This book presents a comprehensive description, from the operative viewpoint, of the pathologic anatomy of simple and complex forms of congenital heart disease. There is a superb foreword by Owen Wangensteen, tracing the history of cardiac surgery and particularly the innovations of the senior author and his pupils in the early 1950s at the University of Minnesota. The authors present their material in a nine-chapter format discussing anatomy and embryology of the normal heart, septal defects, double-outlet right ventricle and tetralogy of Fallot, transpositions of the great arteries, malformations of the aortic and pulmonary pathways, supracardiac shunts, and anomalies of venous connection. There is no attempt to present all classifications of complicated congenital cardiac anomalies, but the authors present their theories of development of anomalous lesions, which will be considered controversial in some areas. Each chapter is profusely illustrated with excellent line drawings and photographs of gross pathologic specimens from

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