Physicians who enjoy the challenge of bedside diagnosis will appreciate Perloff's scholarly book The Clinical Recognition of Congential Heart Disease. It is concise and clear—to appeal to the novice; and it is polished and complete—to interest the skilled cardiologist. The presentation of each lesion begins with a brief, appropriate development of the historical background. The reader is then carried through the common modes of presentation of the lesions and a detailed review of the alterations or abnormalities that occur in jugular-venous pulse, arterial pulse, and cardiac auscultatory findings. The sequence of development is logical and allows a skillful composite and correlation of physical diagnostic findings and electrocardiographic and roentgenographic features. The text is amply illustrated with well chosen roentgenograms, angiograms, electrocardiograms, phonocardiograms, and pulse tracings. The references at the end of each chapter are well chosen, and they are pertinent and impressively current.
In all, this textbook is a superb