The purpose of this spiral-bound handbook is to provide junior house officers and nurses with an introduction to cardiac surgical care. The authors have succeeded in constructing, within a compact format, a fairly complete yet often uneven discussion of the practical matters of preoperative, operative, and postoperative management. The sections dealing with respiratory care, arrhythmias, and infant tracheostomy care are succinct and particularly well done, while the rather cursory discussion of the management of cardiac arrest and the failure to provide a systematic approach to postoperative bleeding are lamentable. The bibliography, while not exhaustive, is generally representative of current concepts. There are several useful charts and tables dealing with drug therapy.
A compact book of this nature has long been needed. Patient Care in Cardiac Surgery will prove very useful to students, nurses, and junior house officers upon their initial exposure to the cardiac surgical patient.
Robert M. Goldwyn, MD