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May 2012 Br J Cardiol 2012;19:89

Book review

Dr Han Bin Xiao

Abstract

Ultrasound, like X-ray, has penetrated almost all fields of clinical medicine as a valuable diagnostic tool. Attempts have even been made to use it for therapeutic purposes. Although the history of the development of medical ultrasound has been relatively short, the application of ultrasound in clinical practice is irreplaceable by any other existing technology. Not only is it a feasible technique for the medical profession to use in any field they choose, it is also harmless to patients. Understanding the history of ultrasound in medicine helps those who are interested in comprehending its practical significance and the potential for future

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July 2009 Br J Cardiol 2009;16:192–3

Coronary artery disease – need for better terminology

George Thomas

Abstract

Introduction Coronary artery disease (CAD) forms the bulk of adult cardiology. Spectacular advances have been made in the diagnosis and treatment of CAD, but the diagnostic terminology has not kept pace with these developments. The babel of terms like Q-wave infarction, non-Q infarction, ST elevation infarction, non-ST elevation infarction, etc. does not reflect the present-day realities. The term ‘acute coronary syndrome’ is too vague. A case of acute myocardial infarction successfully reperfused is no longer an ‘infarction’. There is a need to describe these cases of ‘aborted infarctions’ and ‘threatened infarctions’.1 A pro

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