Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Ramon R. Gonzalez, PhD (Loma Linda University)
Description: This is a quick overview of the principles of cardiovascular and pulmonary physiology. It is concise, but fairly complete.
Purpose: This book is intended to be used as a study aid for standardized examinations, and for reviewing important concepts for problem based learning. Good review books are necessary, and the authors succeed well in attaining their objective.
Audience: I am in agreement with the authors that the audience is those wishing to review what has been learned in in-depth courses. The authors are well known for their expertise in physiology.
Features: All of the important concepts of cardio-pulmonary physiology are succinctly covered. The illustrations are simple and clear. The "Clinical Considerations" section brings relevance to the concept being discussed. This volume could easily be adapted to the computer, where simple animations of the illustrations would give it strength. A good discussion of the myocardial action potential is given; however, one concerning the nodal tissue is lacking. I think that the section on cardiovascular control mechanisms would best be placed in context with that system; putting it after pulmonary and with pulmonary systems would be more effective if there were an attempt to integrate the control mechanisms of the two systems.
Assessment: This is an excellent volume for quick review. It would not be suitable for novice students.