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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: John F. Moran, MD (Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine)
Description: This is the 10th edition of a standard, comprehensive text on cardiovascular medicine. Drs. S. B. King and H. J. J. Wellens are new editors, replacing Drs. R. C. Schlant and E. H. Sonnenblick, and more than 100 authors contribute to the book. Much new material is presented and many chapters have been rewritten and updated, all categorized in the same 16 sections as the 9th edition.
Purpose: The book remains a strong effort to provide readers with an approach to the treatment of patients with cardiovascular disease based on the latest evidence available. The authors are all recognized names in the field of cardiology.
Audience: The audience includes all cardiologists and cardiovascular trainees, in both medicine and surgery, as well as internal medicine residents and students who are looking for information from an up-to-date, standard reference in cardiology. The authors are certainly credible in all areas of cardiology.
Features: Sixteen new chapters have been added. There is new material on cellular molecular cardiology, the vascular system, diabetes, women and heart disease, diagnostic imaging, and practice guidelines. The book is well illustrated, including 110 color plates. There are also many black-and-white illustrations, as well as tables that complement the text. Each chapter is well referenced.
Assessment: There is much new material in this new edition, and it is all clinically focused. I wonder how the editors and authors were able to finish the text in 15 months — all the material is current. Cellular and molecular studies and genetic information are fast becoming a force in the treatment of cardiac patients. Thus, this edition should be well accepted over the 9th edition published in 1998. The book is an important addition to the cardiac literature and a well recognized reference.