Case Files Cardiology 2015 PDF
Mastering the cognitive knowledge within a field such as cardiology is a formidable task. It is even more difficult to draw on that knowledge, procure and filter through the clinical and laboratory data, develop a differential diagnosis, and, finally, to make a rational treatment plan. To gain these skills, the student learns best at the bedside, guided and instructed by experienced teachers, and inspired toward selfdirected, diligent reading. Clearly, there is no replacement for education at the bedside. Unfortunately, clinical situations rarely encompass the breadth of the specialty. Perhaps the best alternative is a carefully crafted patient case designed to stimulate the clinical approach and the decision-making process. In an attempt to achieve that goal, we have constructed a collection of clinical vignettes to teach diagnostic or therapeutic approaches relevant to cardiology.
In this age of technology and high-definition imaging, we would like to reinforce the importance of the history and physical examination. We urge that students diligently read through this area in Section I of the book, and practice their skills. We likewise urge our peer colleagues to spend time demonstrating to students and trainees how to properly perform the physical exam maneuvers. We hope that our cases will stimulate excitement for the clinical care of patients.
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