This little book would have been most welcome the year that I was chief resident in my obstetrics-gynecology training program. Every Monday afternoon, one of us had to give a comprehensive review of the literature on some aspect of obstetrics or gynecology.
Dr Oleg Eliseev has collated much of what is available in the world's literature on cardiovascular diseases in pregnancy and sticks the material together with a few comments of his own. Each cardiac disease found in pregnancy is summarized in a page or two, with the material being presented in the same pattern over and over. The title of the disease, such as tetralogy of Fallot, valvular pulmonic stenosis, or Eisenmenger's syndrome, will head the paragraph. Dr Eliseev then discusses the incidence of the disease in adults, something about the cardiac defect that is encountered, the hemodynamic shifts, and clinical manifestations, and finally he describes the special aspects