In an era when most essential information about the morphology, diagnosis, management and prognosis of heart disease in children and adolescents is so easily available on the Internet, is there any longer a place for textbooks? So rapid has been the progress in almost all aspects of medicine that most books are out of date by the time they are published.
The results of drug trials or the effi cacy of new devices is instantly available to health professionals, patients and families as soon as they appear in one of the many journals available online. Classical teaching from traditional or reference textbooks can be found in an instant.
With this background, the publishers and editors have bravely taken on the challenge of delivering a new book devoted to ‘pifalls’ in diagnosis and management of heart disease in the young. The editors Jan Till, Alan Magee and Anna Seale are not only personal friends and current or former colleagues for whom I have the greatest respect and admiration but also relatively young paediatric cardiologists; yet, they have a wealth of experience of success and failures in the treatment of children.
They have gathered together personal reminiscences about adverse events or diagnostic challenges from clinicians working in many paediatric cardiology centres.
Each of their accounts provides lessons and insights of potential value to all of us. These types of personal descriptions devoted to a single medical specialty are not easily found online. And at a time when there is so much emphasis on informed consent, duty of candour and clinical risk this is a book which should have a place on the bookshelf of all health professionals involved in cardiology. Read it, reflect on your own clinical practice and take the opportunity to learn from the experiences of others.
1. It’s Enough to Make You Anxious
2. Fetal AVSD or Maybe Not?
3. Mind the Gap.
4. Dilated Cardiomyopathy: If You Don’t Suspect, You Can’t Diagnose!
5. Syncope: It’s All in the History
6. Chest Pain in Children: Not Always Benign
7. Coronary Artery Imaging Is Crucial
8. The Woes Lie Below
9. When Not to Intubate Babies Receiving 100 % Oxygen
10. A Child with a Long QT?
11. Breathlessness in an Ex-Prem When All Is Not What It Seems
12. Think Outside the Chest
13. The Fontan Circulation: Never Forget the Atrial Septum
14. Is This Really Bronchiolitis?
15. A Neonatal Dilemma
16. The Collapsing Teenager
17. Dilated Cardiomyopathy: Think of the Diet
18. A T-Wave Tight Spot
19. Don’t Forget the Head and Neck Vessels
20. The Test That Gets Forgotten
21. Don’t Ignore Reverse Differential Cyanosis
22. Pulmonary Resistance: How Best to Measure?
23. Cardiomyopathy in Infants: Look at the Rhythm, Then Look Again.
Title: Practical Pediatric Cardiology
Case-Based Management of Potential Pitfalls
Authors: Alan G. Magee, Jan Till, Anna N. Seale