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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Allen Mark Samarel, MD (Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine)
Description: This is multiauthored monograph contains contributions by experts in the field of cardiovascular gene therapy. The editor, Dr. Keith March, a well-respected cardiovascular scientist in this rapidly developing field, has done an outstanding job of integrating into a unique book contributions from a very diverse group of writers.
Purpose: The overall goal is to incorporate recent information from the entire spectrum of the discipline into a single source.
Audience: According to the editor, the book is intended to be a helpful resource to cardiovascular scientists and molecular biologists involved in or interested in the field of gene transfer in the cardiovascular system.
Features: The book is divided into six parts, containing a total of 21 chapters, and features contributions by academic and industry leaders. To expedite publishing, the book was prepared as camera-ready copy, but it is remarkably easy to read. Despite this fact, references appear to be somewhat dated (only up to 1994 in some chapters). Most chapters are appropriately illustrated with useful black-and-white figures and schematics. Several color plates precede a well-organized index, and there are numerous cross-references within individual chapters to improve readability of this multiauthored work. The overall appearance of the book is very good. It provides a thoughtful overview of a complex subject that offers great promise.
Assessment: The book is an excellent addition to any cardiovascular scientist's library, and it should be a useful resource for those in this rapidly growing field.