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August 2011 Br J Cardiol 2011;18:160

Book reviews

Professor John Pepper

Abstract

This fifth edition of a popular manual has been extensively revised. It is densely packed with information in its 820 pages. A very comprehensive and up-to-date synopsis of adult cardiac surgical disease is given in the first chapter with subsequent chapters dealing with diagnostic techniques and virtually every aspect of perioperative care. A chapter dealing with preoperative considerations, provides an excellent discussion of risk assessment and informed consent, including a summary of risk models in cardiac surgery. It gives very precise details of preoperative orders and check lists. The chapter on cardiac anaesthesia includes a large sec

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