This is the second edition of Constant's book designed to help the clinician diagnose cardiac disorders, with emphasis on history taking and the physical examination. Separate chapters are devoted to such basic concepts as peripheral pulses and pressures, the jugular pulse, and palpation of the chest. Most of the book is devoted to cardiac auscultation and again basic concepts are stressed.
For those not overly enamored by the "programmed text" approach to learning, the "question and answer" format might at first seem unattractive; however, the material is so well arranged that it reads easily. The book is well indexed and there is a glossary that provides more detailed explanation of some terms used in the text. This is an enjoyable and valuable book, helping the reader recall a good deal of previously learned information and providing some new data as well.