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Rapid Interpretation of Heart and Lung Sounds, 3rd Edition

A Guide to Cardiac and Respiratory Auscultation in Dogs and Cats


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Learn to properly identify, interpret, and differentiate a wide variety of canine and feline heart and lung sounds with Rapid Interpretation of Heart and Lung Sounds: A Guide to Cardiac and Respiratory Auscultation in Dogs and Cats, 3rd Edition. A brand new companion website features both simulated and actual clinical examples to help you master and evaluate common sounds like murmurs and arrhythmias. And with the helpful instructions in the text integrated with the heart and lung sounds, you will be well prepared to perform accurate heart and lung auscultation in dogs and cats.

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New to This Edition

    • NEW! User-friendly companion website integrated with the text fully prepares you to identify, interpret, and differentiate heart and lung sounds in dogs and cats.
    • EXPANDED! Respiratory content offers actual examples of video and lung sounds on respiratory patterns in animals that are dyspneic from various causes.

Key Features

    • Heart sound simulator allows you to focus on the heart sounds without the distraction of respiratory sounds or artifacts of hair rubbing against the stethoscope.
    • Wide variety of heart and lung sounds provides you with real-life cases that are as close to clinical practice as possible.
    • Pretests may be taken prior to reviewing the book and website to measure how much you already know.
    • Posttests help determine when the material has been mastered and direct the user to remediation in areas where additional study is needed.
    • Inclusion of clinically-relevant conditions makes it easy for you to apply this information to day-to-day practice.
    • Key points called out within the text alert you to potential problems, variations on techniques, and other treatment considerations.

Published Reviews

    This book of approximately 100 pages, together with an audio CD, is an excellent guide to heart and lung sounds. The book is very thorough and complete and at the same time small enough to fit into a (fairly large) pocket. It is written by three experts in the field of cardiac and respiratory auscultation.

    The book provides step-by-step instructions on how to identify, interpret and differentiate normal heart and lung sounds, abnormal heart and lung sounds, murmurs and arrhythmias. Complete with pre as well as post reading ‘test', the book and CD will tell you how much of different heart and lung sounds you already knew before entering the ‘course' and how much you have learned from reading the book and listening to the CD.

    The book is divided into four chapters as follows: Heart sounds, Murmurs, Arrhythmias, and Lung sounds. Each chapter begins with clearly stated objectives followed by a pre-test to evaluate your level of knowledge beforehand. After reading the text and listening to the CD there is an appropriate post-test to evaluate what you have learned. Bothe simulated sounds and natural sounds from clinical cases are presented on the CD. Simulated sounds allow the listener to focus on heart sounds without the distraction of breathing sounds and artifacts. Natural sounds of murmurs and abnormal respiration are included to represent the clinical situation. Graphic presentations of ECG's and phonocardiogram's accompany the heart sounds for clarity. This appears to be a very efficient way on conveying knowledge to the reader. Each chapter is also equipped with tables for a quick reference of differential diagnoses for different auscultatory phenomena, making the book very useful as a handbook to be used in day-to-day practice.

    In summary, this book and CD are excellent tools to help learn the difficult art of auscultation and is useful for the veterinary student as well as the experienced clinician.

    Anna Tidholm, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ECVIM (S)
    European Journal of Companion Animal Practice, Vol. 17 (1) April 2007

Author Information

    By Bruce W. Keene, DVM, MSc, DACVIM, Department of Companion Animal and Special Species Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC; Francis W. K. Smith, Jr., DVM, DACVIM(Internal Medicine & Cardiology), Vice President, VetMed Consultants, Inc., Lexington, MA; Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University, North Grafton, MA; Larry P. Tilley, DVM, DACVIM(Internal Medicine), President, VetMed Consultants, Inc., Consultant, New Mexico Veterinary Specialty Referral Center, Santa Fe, NM and Bernie Hansen

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Rapid Interpretation of Heart and Lung Sounds, 3rd Edition
  • CD-ROM
  • Reference
  • 144 Pages
  • Trim Size: 6 1/2 X 9 1/4 in
  • Imprint: Saunders
  • ISBN: 978-0-323-32707-7
  • Copyright: 2015