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Ashley EA, Niebauer J. Cardiology Explained. London: Remedica; 2004.

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Cardiology Explained.

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, Professor of Medicine (Cardiovascular).

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Cardiology is a rapidly changing field. New technologies such as drug-eluting stents, left ventricular assist devices, and novel inflammatory markers, and imaging modalities such as magnetic resonance imaging and three-dimensional echocardiography, offer us an unprecedented view of the function of the heart in health and an unparalleled scope of therapies with which to treat disease. Yet, although we cardiologists like to think that we are more innovative and pioneering than our colleagues in other specialties, it seems at least possible that there are equally exciting changes in other fields, too. All of this leaves the generalist as the patient's primary advocate, as the integrator of all these specialist opinions, trying at once to learn enough of the new advances to communicate with both patient and specialist, but not so much as to lose the big picture in amongst the details.

What the generalist needs is a concise, well written, beautifully illustrated guide to cardiology. And fortunately, if you're reading this, you've already found it! The authors have recognized that generalists need help in staying up-to-date with specialist advances in a way that journals can rarely provide: a comprehensive, yet highly digestible update to cardiology that can jog the memory in a tactful but not patronizing way. Further, it is organized not in the didactic way in which many such textbooks are written, but in a way that will make sense to the practicing clinician who needs the facts quickly to hand. Clear yet detailed explanations of what cardiologists do can be found within these pages. Specific guides to understanding cardiological tests and writing good referral letters are two of the unusual, yet extremely useful places where this book differs from others you might have read. All recommendations are, of course, consistent with the latest guidelines from the European Society of Cardiology, the American Heart Association, and the American College of Cardiology. Meanwhile, the historical nuggets remind us from where we have come and just how lucky we are to make it this far (intact!). Together, these things serve to make this book a unique and invaluable resource for generalists and other subspecialists, both in hospital and in the community. I highly commend you for picking it up!

Copyright © 2004, Remedica.
Bookshelf ID: NBK2222


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