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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Richard L. Clancy, PhD (University of Kansas Medical Center)
Description: This book consists of 16 chapters addressing the following aspects of cardiac muscle energetics: (1) contractility and the pressure volume area; (2) excitation-contraction coupling; and (3) inotropic agents in diseased hearts. Each chapter is a synopsis of a presentation at a workshop held in 1994.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide an overview of recent developments in the understanding of the energetics of cardiac muscle contraction. To fulfill this objective, research scientists contributed chapters related to their particular area of cardiac energetics research. This is an important objective because cardiac arrhythmias and impaired ventricular pump function are frequently a result of an inequality between cardiac energy demands and energy supply.
Audience: The chapters are written primarily for scientists and cardiologists who are actively engaged in cardiac energetics research. The contributors of the chapters are established investigators in the area of cardiac energetics.
Features: Because each chapter is written by a different group of scientists, there is little commonality in writing style and illustrations. Most illustrations are constructed in the format for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. The authors provide a relatively extensive index.
Assessment: This book is an outcome of a workshop held on this topic. It appears each chapter is a synopsis of the participants' presentations. Consequently, the chapters are most useful to scientists actively engaged in cardiac energetics research. Persons not actively engaged will find some chapters difficult because of the mathematical emphasis. This book would have been of use to a broader group of scientist had the authors included a background chapter and a chapter summarizing the significance of the findings of the contributors. The significance of the subject justifies biomedical libraries purchasing this book.