This collection of essays related to neonatal heart disease is not for the casual medical reader. On the contrary, it is directed toward the individual familiar with the clinical aspects of congenital heart disease and its pathophysiology.
The topics included in this collection are pertinent to those who look after neonates with cardiovascular disease. New concepts in embryology, fetal hemodynamics, and developmental aspects of myocardial physiology are discussed as are recognition and medical and surgical management of neonatal cardiac problems. Important considerations in epidemiology and oxygen transport provide practical applications of basic knowledge. The names of the individual chapters' authors are familiar to pediatric cardiologists. However, as is often the case with multiple contributors, the quality of the contributions is uneven. Basic science presentations by Heymann and Rudolph, Friedman, Nora, Wolfe, Miles, and Miller are interesting and thought-provoking. The approach to hemodynamic investigation described by Graham and Jarmakani is useful