Rapid Interpretation of Heart Sounds and Murmurs. - sound recording reviews

Author: Ken Grauer
Date: August, 1991

By Emmanuel Stein, M. D. and Abner J. Delman, M. D. Audiocassettes with 88-page workbook. Price, $24.50. Lea & Febiger, 200 ChesterField Pkwy., Malvern, PA 19355,1990.

Despite the ever-increasing sophistication and number of diagnostic methods in cardiology, bedside evaluation is still where it all begins. In one information-packed hour, these audiocassettes take the listener through the basics of cardiac auscultation. Side one of the audiocassette Presents heart sounds and side two, heart murmurs. However, the program includes more than just the audiocassettes.

The 88-page manual provides a hard-copy reproduction of the course. Each auscultatory finding is accompanied by a brief review including auscultatory clues, consolidating tables, illustrative figures, phonocardiograms, apecardiograms, electrocardiOgrams and schematic diagrams of findings.

In general, the quality of the recordings is good, although some of the cassettes are clearly better than others. (For optimum clarity, these tapes should be listened to with a quality tape player in a quiet environment)

The authors also suggest that the tapes should be carefully coordinated with the text, tables and figures in the manual " These tapes are not designed for easy listening in the car on the way to work.

Although I found the manual to Rapid Interpretation of Heart Sounds and Murmurs more difficult to assimilate than Harvey and Canfield's audiocassette package, Clinical Auscultation of the Cardiovascular System, this audiotape program provides ample quality material for physicians to refine their skills. This package provides valuable clinical insight into the art of cardiac auscultation for medical students, residents and inquiring busy physicians.

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