Olivia Vynn Adair
Philadelphia, PA: Hanley & Belfus, 2001; 343 pp; $10.95
The interchange of information during teaching rounds is a time-honored tradition in medicine. Starting from a simple question or observation, a potentially ever-enlarging matrix of discussion can encompass the full spectrum of diagnosis, pathophysiology, and treatment. The “pearls” gleaned from such intellectual interplay provide a partial, but significant, foundation on which medical education is built. It is through this approach that editor Olivia Vynn Adair, MD, and Cardiology Secrets, Second Edition are able to concisely and enjoyably bring the lessons of clinical cardiology to the reader.