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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Robert J. Hariman, MD, FACC (Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine)
Description: This book covers various aspects of basic cardiac electrophysiology and clinical cardiac arrhythmias. The authors are world-renowned experts in their fields.
Purpose: The main purpose is to describe newer aspects of the control of cardiac arrhythmias. This complex and rapidly evolving area requires a constant update. The book intends to cover the pharmacological and nonpharmacological aspects of the treatment of cardiac arrhythmias. It also describes the basic electrophysiological considerations and basic mechanisms of arrhythmias. These are all worthy objectives that were elegantly met.
Audience: The appropriate audience would be basic scientists doing research in cardiac electrophysiology as well as clinicians treating patients with cardiac arrhythmias. Cardiologists and cardiac electrophysiologists would benefit having this book in their libraries.
Features: Its strongest feature is the excellent quality of the authors and contributors. Not only are they experts in their fields, but they also have done original research that support the data they are presenting. The presentation using current and pertinent references, tables, and illustrations makes this book extremely lucid.
Assessment: This is an excellent book on basic and clinical cardiac electrophysiology that provides update from basic mechanisms to diagnosis and treatment of cardiac arrhythmias. This book should be in the libraries of basic scientists and clinicians interested in cardiac arrhythmias.