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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Barbara A Pisani, DO (Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine)
Description: This comprehensive review of heart failure is written with a focus on pathophysiology and the molecular basis of disease, yet provides clinically relevant supportive evidence, making the book a valuable tool in managing patients.
Purpose: "The purpose is to provide comprehensive anatomic, pathophysiologic and moleclular basis to cardiomyopathy. The focus of therapeutic strategies described is their pathogenic mechanisms. The somewhat unorthodox style is a welcome change, when compared to typical evidence-based data, and the authors have done an excellent job in fulfilling this purpose. "
Audience: The authors hope to attract an audience that includes residents, cardiology fellows, and those involved in cardiovasular medicine. I think this book will prove sufficiently thought-provoking to the audience. The authors are authoritative in their discussions and use of references.
Features: "This is a "soup to nuts" book which covers the basic myocyte anatomy and physiology to the development and treatment of cardiomyopathies. The book includes pathology illustrations in color. Despite the emphasis on pathophysiology, the book is easy to read. Given this focus, one might be concerned that the book lacks sufficient clinically relevant data to allow for its use by practitioners. However, there are excellent reviews of clinically pertinent data, although presented in a unique manner. It does not however, discuss cardiac transplantation in the context of cardiomyopathy. "
Assessment: This book will be a useful addition to the library of those entering cardiology and those who wish to review the basic research which has lead us to the current approach to patients with cardiomyopathy. Although it is not a comprehensive cardiology textbook, it will be an excellent addition to other heart failure books.