Explaining Cardiac Surgery: Patient Assessment and CareBMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7017.1445a (Published 25 November 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1445
Russell Millner, Tom Treasure BMJ Publishing Group, £17.95, pp 184 ISBN 0 7279 0853 7
There are many textbooks of cardiac surgery for higher trainees in the specialty. Explaining Cardiac Surgery is, however, a guide specifically for the wide range of medical, paramedical, and nursing staff who come into contact with patients undergoing such surgery. The book provides a general overview of some of the techniques used in cardiac surgery, and a risk-benefit analysis of the commoner cardiac operations. It also answers some of the questions that patients often ask medical staff.
The authors, both respected cardiac surgeons, provide a clear account of preoperative assessment and postoperative management as well as detailed descriptions of surgical techniques. Topics covered by specific chapters include surgery for coronary artery disease, surgery for complications of ischaemic heart disease, and surgery for valvular heart disease.
As well as being a good starting point for students who want to learn about cardiac surgery, the book would be a useful aid in communicating with patients. The excellent anatomical drawings illustrate what surgery entails and the data given in the figures help to summarise the main risks and benefits.