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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: John G. Wood, PhD (University of Kansas Medical Center)
Description: This book contains seven chapters by different contributors regarding various aspects of smooth muscle function.
Purpose: According to the editors, the purpose of this book is to provide new information on general properties of various types of smooth muscle. These important goals have been achieved in this interesting book.
Audience: Since the editors hope this book will stimulate further study of smooth muscle function, the book appears primarily targeted for researchers. The contributors are well-recognized authorities in their fields.
Features: The book contains an adequate number of figures which significantly enhance the text. In general, the chapters contain many recent references which will be of value to researchers.
Assessment: This book will be very useful to researchers in the field of smooth muscle. The editors have succeeded in developing a set of general principles of smooth muscle function, while still emphasizing the diversity in various organs. I highly recommend this well-written and stimulating book to anyone interested in this field.