Approximately 120 different surgical procedures are used to
correct congenital heart diseases, and the burden that this places
on the surgeon is compounded by the exceptional complexity of the
techniques and the rarity of many of the lesions. Training is
problematic, not least because of legal issues, and currently
available texts, drawings, and images are no substitute for real
Against this background, the authors have set out to create an
interactive multimedia manual that covers many aspects of
congenital heart surgery. Each heart defect is addressed in an
individual chapter, elaborating specific surgical anatomy and
indication for surgery of heart defect first, followed by video
clips depicting the operative approach and technique. The clips are
accompanied by a clear descriptive narrative, and patient history
and diagnostic images are available to provide a clear backdrop to
the operation. The chosen format makes this manual not only a very
powerful teaching tool for practicing cardiac surgeons and surgeons
in training but also a valuable source of information for related
services such as pediatric and adult cardiologists, cardiac
anesthesiologist, cardiac intensivists, perfusionists and medical
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