Cardiac Electrophysiology: From Cell to Bedsideby Douglas P. Zipes
Completely revised to reflect developments in the field, the fourth edition of this comprehensive text continues to present a dual focus on the basic science of cardiac electrophysiology and its clinical applications. New chapters have been added on mechanisms of atrial fibrillation; the molecular and structural bases of HCN, stretch-activated, and inward rectifier channels; contraction-excitation feedback; nerve sprouting and arrhythmias; mechanisms of ventricular fibrillation; transgenic and knockout models of cardiac arrhythmias; Brugada syndrome; and catecholaminergic and short-coupled ventricular tachycardia. Each chapter begins with an outline and concludes with a list of references. Zipes is with the Indiana U. School of Medicine; Jalife, the SUNY Upstate Medical U. in Syracuse. There are over 200 contributors, most of them in the US, but many in Europe, and some in Asia. Annotation © 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
Description: This second edition, edited by two internationally recognized experts and written by many contributors, purports to be a comprehensive, definitive text covering all of cardiac electrophysiology. A smaller first edition was published five years ago.
Purpose: The authors hope to provide a complete and authoritative book on cardiac electrophysiology. They include basic and clinical aspects of electrophysiology in this 14-section, 138-chapter book. The objectives are worthy and the book is needed. Generally, the authors meet their stated objectives.
Audience: The authors do not indicate the intended audience. A small audience of cardiac electrophysiology fellows and clinical and basic electrophysiologists (MDs and PhDs) will benefit. General cardiologists, surgeons, internists, and medical residents are not the target audience. The editors and 173 contributors are credible authorities, among the best known in their field.
Features: The contributors generously illustrate this book with black-and-white graphs, tables, figures, and charts. Most are of excellent quality, but some are too small. The color illustrations will benefit only a few. Most chapters contain pertinent references (in large numbers) but most references are over two to three years old. The table of contents is adequate. Some subjects are included in more than one section. Some chapters are narrow in scope with abstruse titles. The index is difficult to use. The book is large and heavy, but impressive and highly attractive.
Assessment: This book is one of the most comprehensive texts ever written in cardiac electrophysiology. The new information is enough to justify replacement of the previous edition. It is a monumental, multiauthored, book with numerous chapters. The content and presentation of most chapters are simply excellent, but the quality, format, and references vary. Although this will be a definitive text in cardiac electrophysiology, the editors underemphasize important (often, clinically based) subjects at the expense of more narrow topics. The large number of chapters (many of them short) makes the work disjointed and significant overlap exists. Some chapters are not complete and provide biased information. Despite these shortcomings, this edition is needed and welcomed. I highly recommended it for cardiac electrophysiologists, libraries, and bookstores.
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