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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon May 14, 2008
This book of certification examination type questions was assembled by various Mayo Clinic cardiology fellows with sub-specialty interests in, for example, electrophysiology and cardiac imaging. The book was edited by two faculty members.

The questions were of variable quality, reflecting inattentive editing. Often, the authors veered into pedantics and arcana; this was especially evident in the EP section of the book.

Board questions tend to be heavily weighted toward clinical cardiology, with an emphasis on physical exam data. Study of this book would leave the prospective exam taker ill prepared for this type of question.

In summary, this book is a weak effort, particularly given the generally outstanding didactics in cardiovascular diseases characteristic of the Mayo section. It might be a useful adjunct, but heavy reliance on this book will likely leave the applicant poorly prepared for the actual examination.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on February 9, 2009
I bought this book to study for the Cardiology Boards. Since it is the first edition I didn't know if it would help. After taking the board exam I can say that this is a very good review book to study from. Many questions were very similar to the ones I encountered in the exam so it helped me a lot. Needless to say I passed the board!! One thing I didn't like is that some questions have multiple answers contrary to the board where you choose the best answer. Over all I recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 8, 2008
Does not live up to the Mayo name. Questions and answers are poor, and not reflective of board questions. Certainly not worth the money.
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on November 3, 2013
Many chapters contained esoteric questions with far too much detail on very sub speciality areas within cardiology. The echo and hemodynamic images were helpful. Considerable variability in the quality of each chapter. Braunwald review book is much much better. Would only rent/buy if you need or want to review several more questions before the boards.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 16, 2009
The questions are not in the Board format, and there is quite a bit of variability between different sections. Perhaps the next edition will be better, but at this time other Board review resources are better
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on January 14, 2015
The book is helpful.
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on August 14, 2014
Good review
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