Surgical Anatomy of the Heart
Benson R. Wilcox, Andrew C. Cook, Robert H. Anderson
This is the latest edition of what has become a classic textbook on cardiac anatomy. The new edition will be of interest not only to the surgeon, but also to the cardiologist, anaesthesiologist and surgical pathologist. Chapter One introduces the surgical approaches to the heart, and will help to orientate the reader to the illustrations and detailed descriptions that follow. Topics covered include the normal surgical anatomy of the cardiac chambers, heart valves, and the system for circulation and conduction within the heart. It provides the essential anatomical knowledge required to assess and interpret the malformations, lesions, abnormalities, and positional anomalies discussed and illustrated in detail. Full colour surgical and pathological photographs accompany almost all of the anatomical descriptions, and detailed labelling enhances the user-friendly nature of the book. Detailed colour line diagrams generated specifically for the book also help to explain concepts and simplify complex descriptions.Congenital malformations of the heart are often dismissed as a form of complex heart disease, which is too difficult to understand, and is best referred to the specialists. The authors of this handbook, however, aim to dispel this myth. The advent of cross-sectional and, more recently, three-dimensional echocardiography, enables the structural malformations to be visualised virtually non-invasively.