In the second edition of Surgical Treatment of Congenital Heart Disease, Hallman and Cooley have preserved the format of the first edition including the well-organized outline and numerous illustrations. The number of procedures and the mortality and morbidity figures have been brought up to date. New information is presented in sections on cor triatriatum, parachute mitral valve, scimitar syndrome, and the use of either homograft or porcine valves containing Dacron conduits for the establishment of right ventricle to pulmonary artery continuity.
The book abounds with practical suggestions on technical details concerning cardiopulmonary bypass and operations within the heart or the great vessels. The operative indications and techniques reflect the practice of the surgeons at the Texas Heart Institute. Alternate views or techniques, however, are not presented. For example, not mentioned is the use of valved conduits for the treatment of tricuspid atresia, as advocated by Fontan and Kreutzer. Surprisingly, there