Every once in a while a book appears which represents the summation of many other attempts at presenting the subject. This second edition is such a volume. Writing in a remarkably clear and pleasant first person style, the author utilizes the authority of his own experiences and those of many colleagues whom he quotes. He is quite frank in expressing any limitations in his knowledge of a subject. To some of the controversial problems still not clarified there is an almost philosophical approach.
The excellent format of the book leads to easy reading. Part I, "The Tools of Diagnosis," covers the procedures which clinicians would use in approaching the diagnosis of any child with cardiac disease. Most important, the limitation of each diagnostic procedure is well presented. Part II discusses acquired heart disease, and Part III, the all important subject of congenital heart disease, with a remarkably good introduction on