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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Sean P. Tierney, M.D.(Loyola University Medical Center)
Description: This multiauthored, comprehensive textbook of cardiac electrophysiology encompasses all aspects of heart rhythm mapping. This edition, an update of the 1993 edition, appropriately addresses most of the major advances in the field that have occurred since then.
Purpose: The authors' goal is to provide a much needed update on the technologic advances that have occurred in the field over the past 10 years. This book fulfills this admirable goal quite well with its collection of world-renowned authors. Except for a few chapters which were barely changed, most are completely rewritten and encompass all the new mapping techniques.
Audience: The authors intentionally have written this book for those with some basic knowledge of electrophysiology. This book can be very useful to both basic science researchers studying mechanisms of arrhythmias and to those in the trenches seeing patients every day. It is written at an advanced level and probably is not for the medical student or general practitioner. The authors are well known to those in electrophysiology and, as a collective whole, represent some of the brightest minds in the field.
Features: The book is divided into seven major sections and starts with an interesting review of George Ralph Mines. The book covers in detail all aspects of mapping from the noninvasive to the invasive, from the supraventricular to the ventricular. It provides an excellent overview of the technical considerations of mapping and correlates the clinical applications. It is extremely current and covers most available mapping systems. It is written by the people most published in using these mapping systems. The chapters are well written and accompanied by superb illustrations including a color appendix. The only criticism is that a few chapters appear unchanged from 10 years ago.
Assessment: This concise and well written book would be extremely useful to any practicing clinical electrophysiologist or basic scientist in the field of cardiac arrhythmias. It doesn't replace the need for Josephson's Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology: Techniques and Interpretations, 3rd Edition (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2002), or Zipes' Cardiac Electrophysiology: From Cell to Bedside (W.B. Saunders, 2000), but it is a welcome addition and more detailed in the science of mapping. It is a long awaited update from the first edition. Let's hope we don't have to wait another 10 years for the third edition.