Cardiac Pacing and ICDs, 3rd edition.
Kenneth A. Ellenbogen, Mark A. Wood, eds.
530 pp. Malden, Mass: Blackwell Science, Inc; 2002. $49.95. ISBN 0-86542-586-8
This 530-page paperback text is divided into 10 chapters written by twelve authors, including the co-editors. The majority of the book emphasizes the basics, indications, electrocardiography, and follow-up of pacemakers. Two chapters are limited specifically to implantable cardiac defibrillators. There is appropriate use of numerous tables, figures, graphs, and pictures. Appropriate references follow each chapter. This book was written with the purpose of serving as an accessible and practical clinical reference for cardiologists, cardiology fellows, surgeons, nurses, and technicians involved in the care of device patients. Compared with previous editions, the implantable cardioverter-defibrillator section has been expanded. Most of the book represents an appropriate edited update of many aspects of pacing that have changed little over the years, such as basic concepts and hemodynamics of pacing, techniques for implantation, and removal and evaluation of device malfunction. I really like the user-friendliness of the book. The book is quite comprehensive, and I found it easy to find specific topics of interest. Shortcomings include too little information on biventricular pacing and the ever-changing new indications section. Trials such as the Multicenter Automatic Defibrillator Implantation Trial II (MADIT-II) had not been published when this text was written.
This book should be in the personal library of any physician or medical associate who is involved in cardiac pacing or implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs). They will find it a useful, quick source of information that will help them optimize the care of patients with implantable electrical devices.