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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Renzo Cataldo, MD (Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine)
Description: This first edition book is intended to shed new light on old concepts of antiarrhythmic drugs. Although this is not a comprehensive review of each drug in detail, it ties in much of the modern topics.
Purpose: The purpose is to reevaluate old classifications of antiarrhythmic drugs at a basic and a clinical level. These objectives are worthy, considering the results of large clinical trials that have changed clinical practice. The authors have provided interesting insight on antiarrhythmic drug therapy in 1995.
Audience: This book is targeted at the cardiac electrophysiologist (clinical and nonclinical). It could be read by a general cardiologist; however, some concepts may be foreign and quite complex. The book is not written for students, trainees, or internists. The authors are quite credible authorities.
Features: The illustrations are adequate, especially the basic science illustrations. Clinical illustrations are somewhat underrepresented. The illustrations are reasonably well annotated and clear. There is no need for color illustrations for this topic. The book is not intended for a general audience, and therefore, general topics of antiarrhythmic drugs, such as side effect profiles, or cost profiles, practical issues for the clinician, are not covered in detail.
Assessment: This book offers excellent insights into the basic concepts of antiarrhythmic drug therapy, especially on a basic level. It reviews information that is not necessarily practical for the clinician in internal medicine or even in general cardiology. Because its targeted audience is relatively small, the usefulness of the book is dependent on the population encountered at the bookstore. It is probably useful for a complete and large medical library of a large medical center.