Advance Praise for Forensic Cardiovascular Medicine
"Using his vast experience in the medical-legal theater, Dr. RuDusky addresses a very complicated field in a simple and concise manner. Stressing the importance of honesty, integrity, and accuracy of data, he provides an insightful and interesting approach to the problems facing today's medical community."
— John H. Ellis, IV, M.D., F.A.C.C., Chairman, Department of Cardiology, Wyoming Valley Healthcare System and Wilkes-Barre General Hospital
"... a must-read for any new and training physician … I now understand why Dr. RuDusky is considered to be a medical expert in his own right."
— Damien M. Marycz, M.D., Internal Medicine Resident, Cleveland Clinic
"Dr. RuDusky has always been fair, impartial, logical, and concise in his analysis … This book adds significantly to a better understanding of the complex medicine behind his opinions."
— Robert K. Randall, Prominent Midwest malpractice attorney
"…this book is significant … a major contribution for use by physicians, physicians’ students, lawyers and judges connected with the field of forensic medicine in many different contexts."
—Michael D. Schottland, Prominent East Coast malpractice attorney
An Essential Text from a World-Renowned Expert in Cardiology
A unique resource for medical examiners and forensic specialists, Forensic Cardiovascular Medicine draws upon Dr. Basil RuDusky’s vast experience to provide coverage of the clinical aspects of cardiac disease in a forensic context. The book emphasizes some of the most frequently encountered cardiovascular medical problems facing the medical examiner or forensic medical specialist, while also placing special emphasis on those conditions and disease states that are apt to be overlooked, misdiagnosed, or tardily considered.
- Covers death certificates, autopsies, and the role of the medical examiner
- Presents 25 case studies from the author’s experience to illustrate concepts, including cardiac trauma, vascular abnormalities, specific cardiopathic disorders, and toxic, physical, technical, epidemiological, and social influences
- Contains the first complete classification of myocardial contusion and blunt cardiac trauma
- Includes a special section on the cardiovascular effects of breast cancer therapy
Dr. RuDusky has served as a consultant for the federal government, corporations, insurance companies, and independent medical service agencies. He sits on the manuscript review board for several medical journals and is associate editor of Angiology, the official international journal of the American Society of Angiology and the International Academy of Clinical and Applied Thrombosis/Hemostasis. In this volume, he brings his considerable expertise to this survey of the topic.
Table of Contents
I. OVERVIEW OF FORENSIC MEDICINE
Introduction and Philosophy
Death Certificates, Autopsies, and Medical
II. CARDIAC TRAUMA
Myocardial Contusion and Blunt
Mechanism of Blunt Cardiac Injury
Pathology of Contusion
Consequences of Blunt Cardiac Trauma
III. VASCULAR ABNORMALITIES
Coronary Arterial Afflictions
Coronary Artery Disease
Aortic Aneurysms and Aortic Dissection
Nonpenetrating Vascular Injury
Basic Coagulation Defects
Additional Coagulation Commentary
IV. SPECIFIC CARDIOPATHIC DISORDERS
Valvular Heart Disease
VI. TOXIC AND PHYSICAL INFLUENCES
General Pharmacologic and Physical Overview
Particulate Air Pollution
Medication-Induced Cardiac Valvulopathy
Drug-Induced Electrocardiographic Changes
VII. TECHNICAL, EPIDEMIOLOGIC, SOCIAL
AND PHILOSOPHICAL INFLUENCES
VIII. ILLUSTRATIVE CASE REPORTS
Case 1: Blunt Chest Trauma Resulting in Traumatic Tricuspid Insufficiency
Case 2: Myocardial Contusion, Cardiac Rupture, and
Case 3: Acute Myocardial Infarction in the Very Young
Case 4: Nitrate Holiday
Case 5: Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm
Case 6: Total Aortic Dissection
Case 7: Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, Dissection, and Rupture
Case 8: Temporal Arteritis
Case 9: Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation and
Case 10: Postoperative Drug-induced Hemorrhage
Case 11: Acute Mesenteric Ischemia (Arterial)
Case 12: Subacute and Chronic Mesenteric Ischemia
Case 13: Superior Mesenteric Vein Thrombosis
Case 14: Pericardial Tamponade
Case 15: Toxic Myocarditis from an "Herbal Energy Capsule"
Case 16: Left Atrial Myxoma
Case 17: Vascular Metastatic Obstruction — Arterial Obstruction Secondary to Metastatic Chondrosarcoma
Case 18: Oncologic Cardiomyopathy
Case 19: Idiopathic Dilated Cardiomyopathy
Case 20: Brugada Syndrome
Case 21: Carcinoid Syndrome
Case 22: Stress-Induced Myocardial Infarction
Case 23: Pulmonary Embolism
Case 24: Radiation-Induced Cardiac Disease
Case 25: Carbon Monoxide Toxicity
"Today's medical legal issues have created an intense climate among the medical, legal, and judicial professions. Using his vast experience in the medical legal theater, Dr. RuDusky addresses a very complicated field in a simple and concise manner. Stressing the importance of honesty, integrity, and accuracy of data, he provides an insightful and interesting approach to the problems facing today's medical community. ... will become a must-read for medical practitioners and legal experts."
--John H. Ellis, IV, M.D., F.A.C.C., Chairman, Department of Cardiology, Wyoming Valley Healthcare System and Wilkes-Barre General Hospital
"As a beginning Resident in Internal Medicine, I feel that Dr. RuDusky's book ... is a must-read for any new and training physician. I especially found the section on "Illustrative Case Reports" to be significant since they are not topics normally stressed in basic medical education. I now understand why Dr. RuDusky is considered to be a medical expert in his own right."
--Damien M. Marycz, M.D., Internal Medicine Resident, Cleveland Clinic
"Dr. RuDusky has always been fair, impartial, logical, and concise in his analysis of my medical negligence cases. This book adds significantly to a better understanding of the complex medicine behind his opinions."
--Robert K. Randall, Prominent Midwest malpractice attorney
"As an experienced civil trial attorney in New Jersey, I must say the material contained in the ideas surrounding and underlying this book are significant and would represent a major contribution for use by physicians, physicians' students, lawyers, and judges connected with the field of forensic medicine in many different contexts. I would look forward to receiving and using a completed copy of this publication."
--Michael D. Schottland, Prominent Eastcoast malpractice attorney
"The book under review is a unique resource for medical and medico legal professionals. … Dr. Basil RuDusky has had a vast experience in dealing with medico legal cases dealing with cardiovascular trauma, and in this book, he draws upon his experiences to churn out a masterpiece. … Perhaps the most illustrative part of the book is section VII, which gives as many as 25 illustrative case reports … This book is the very first which deals with forensic and medico legal aspects of cardiovascular medicine. In my opinion, it is an absolute must for all medical and medico legal professionals and medical examiners."
—Anil Aggrawal's Internet Journal of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology