THE FOURTH CONFERENCE ON THE CLINICAL DELINEATION OF BIRTH DEFECTS. PART XV. THE CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM
Birth Defects Original Article Series, Vol. 8, No. 5. The National Foundation-March of Dimes. Baltimore: The Williams & Wilkins Company, 1 972, $29.00.
This book contains a remarkable collection of authoritative papers by multiple authors and covers a broad range of disorders affecting the cardiovascular system. The papers were presented by distinguished experts within each area of discussion to the Fourth Conference on the Clinical Delineation of Birth Defects sponsored by the National Foundation in June 1971. In each instance, the authors were invited to participate in the conference because of their particular expertise on the topics discussed. The papers thus provide a precise, comprehensive, and up-to-date review of the subject, along with a presentation of the author's own unique contributions.
Since the contributions are designed to inform and teach, they are well written and have abundant illustrative material, including photographs of patients, x-rays, cardiac catheterization and angiographie data, as well as surgical and postmortem specimens, wherever pertinent.
Discussions of almost every condition in which cardiac abnormality has been recognized as a feature are included. The cardiac manifestations of conditions such as the mucopol/saccharidoses, intrauterine rubella infection, the Jervell and Lange-Nielsen syndromes, the Holt-Oram syndrome, familial cardiomyopathy, and endocardial fibroelastosis, as well as neurofibromatosis are covered in detail in separate papers. Topics of particular current interest such as the Noonan syndrome, hypercalcemia, and the supravalvular stenosis syndrome and the hyperlipoproteinemias are each covered in four or more separate papers. There are two fascinating articles on hereditary cardiac malformations in the dog and the epidemiology of congenital heart disease in the dog.
Among the broader topics included are discussions such as "The Segmentai Approach to the Diagnosis of Congenital Heart Disease," "Risk Factors in the Mother and Cardiovascular Malformations in the Infant," "Risks and Counseling in Cardiovascular Malformations," "The Chromosomes in Congenital Heart Disease," and "Asplenia and Folyspîenia Syndromes."
Finally, 47 detailed and abundantly illustrated case reports are presented pertaining to the topics discussed in the papers as well as covering multiple additional conditions associated with cardiac abnormality. Included among the case reports are discussions of Pierre Robin syndrome, the Leopard syndrome, progeria, homocystinuria, Erdheim's cystic medial necrosis, Ellisvan Creveld syndrome, Apert syndrome, and others.
This well organized and comprehensive collection of data on syndromes and conditions associated with cardiovascular abnormalities should be an important addition to the library of the cardiologist and should serve as a valuable reference book for all physicians involved in the care of patients with cardiovascular disorders.