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Single-author books are now relatively rare in medicine, to the great detriment of the literature. Ralph Shabetai has countered this trend with a book that is unified, readable, and a highly successful broad discussion of pericardial disease.
Although presented as a book to be read and enjoyed, not as a textbook or work of reference, it is surprisingly comprehensive. The principal chapters cover anatomy, function of the normal pericardium, pericardial effusion, constrictive pericarditis, cardiac tamponade, pulsus paradoxus, pericardiocentesis, acute pericarditis, and specific pericardial disorders. There are over 700 bibliographic citations and nearly 200 illustrations, many of them new. Ample historical
The Pericardium.. Ann Intern Med. ;96:796–797. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-96-6-796_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1982;96(6_part_1):796-797.
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