The Natural and Modified History of Congenital Heart Disease PDF
|Author||Robert M. Freedom and Shi-joon Yoo|
|File size||17 MB|
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With so many excellent textbooks devoted to the varied aspects of congenital heart disease, one might ask is yet another work really necessary? Yet there does not appear to be a resource that stresses just several aspects of congenital heart disease: morphology, incidence and genetics, and the outcomes, both natural and modified, of the particular congenital heart malformation under scrutiny. The adjective “natural” is used with caution, acknowledging that “natural” implies virtually no treatment, medical, surgical, catheter-based, etc., and that this situation rarely exists or occurs in contemporary medicine. This book is also not devoted to specific treatment algorithms, nor how to recognize those myriad forms of congenital heart disease.Thus, as one of us (RMF) was completing Congenital Heart Disease: Textbook of Angiocardiography (Futura Publishing, Armonk, New York, 1997), I felt that I would like my last contribution to focus on these selected aspects of congenital heart disease, particularly the outcomes. This desire to conclude my career in pediatric cardiology is the impetus for The Natural and Modified History of Congenital Heart Disease. I was fortunate to work with Drs Arthur Moss, Forrest Adams, George Emmanoulides, Herbert Ruttenberg, Richard and Stella van Praagh, Alexander S. Nadas, Robert E. Gross, Richard D. Rowe, George A. Trusler,William T.
Mustard, all wonderful clinicians, teachers and mentors of pediatric cardiovascular medicine and surgery, and to know the “founding mother” of pediatric cardiology, Dr Helen B. Taussig, during my tenure at Johns Hopkins Hospital.With these wonderful contributers to our specialty in mind, I felt it important to remember and to document the modern history of our specialty, citing some of the relevant literature dating from the mid 1930s, coincident with the publication of Maude Abbott’s Atlas of Congenital Heart Disease. The Natural and Modified History of Congenital Heart Disease is not, however, designed to be a comprehensive history of