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Management of Cardiac Problems in Primary Care

Practical is the watchword for this GP-focused textbook, which aims to be a bridge between primary and secondary care.

Practical is the watchword for this GP-focused textbook, which aims to be a bridge between primary and secondary care.

The second edition of this cardiology book aimed at primary care gives an up-to-date examination of the key topics.

The chapter discussions open with clinical dilemmas and end with responses, which are, in effect, focused take-home points.

Throughout, important points appear in shaded boxes ; the language is pragmatic and each point sits alone in the text to which it relates, rather than appearing as long list at the end of a chapter.

The index allows the reader to look up a specific item but the prose format is more than just the usual list of differentials and therapies – the practical issues for someone in a non-hospital setting are explored in a readable form.

Each topic chapter has advice for patients written in an accessible way that can be passed on, and acts as a reminder of all the points a patient might ask and we might need to cover.

It is not often that a book from secondary care aims to bridge a gap helpfully.

It recognises the community team but reminds us, constructively, of evidence, guidelines and how we can work more effectively with those in hospital medicine, to whom we refer.

A practical textbook that can be read or used as a reference book, and would be a useful addition to any practice library.

Dr Linden Ruckert

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