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July 1986

Pediatric Cardiac Surgery

Arch Surg. 1986;121(7):856. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1986.01400070126034

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This book has an impressive list of contributors who have jointly, under the guidance of Eduardo Arciniegas, summed up the state of the art in pediatric heart surgery. At first glance one would think that it would therefore be of interest to only a handful of physicians. However, each chapter covers not only the key surgical principles of even the rarest congenital anomaly but also the natural history, diagnosis, pathophysiology, and long-term results of each particular problem. It is clear, concise, and accurate and should be beneficial to all who are involved with the practice of pediatric medicine. I include in this group medical students, nurses, and pediatricians as well as all cardiac surgeons, cardiologists, and surgical residents in training.

There are similarities between this book and Gibbons' Surgery of the Chest, but Pediatric Cardiac Surgery seems more concise in that it deals only with the field of pediatric heart

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