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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Elias G. Eleftheriadis, MD (Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine)
Description: This new book attempts to bridge the gap between basic science and clinical cardiology. It contains an introduction to basic molecular biology concepts and a glossary of the newly introduced words in the clinician's vocabulary. New molecular biology techniques currently in use in basic research and clinical practice are also described.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide an introduction to the rapidly growing field of molecular cardiology and a comprehensive approach to the new applications of the new biology in the diagnosis and possible treatment of cardiovascular diseases. Although there are other published books with the same objectives, the size of this book makes it particularly appealing to the interested reader. This publication meets the author's objectives to present the relation of cardiology and molecular biology in a concise way without compromising the content.
Audience: The audience includes medical students, residents in internal medicine, and fellows in cardiovascular diseases. The interested practicing cardiovascular diseases specialist and the general practitioner will be greatly benefit in following the current scientific literature and the new developments in understanding diagnosing and treating cardiovascular diseases.
Features: This book's 250 pages are divided into 5 parts. The figures make the text easier to read and understand. A comprehensive glossary might also be considered as a vital part of the book.
Assessment: This is a very well written and easy to understand book covering the new insights that molecular biology provided in the understanding of the physiology and pathophysiology of the cardiovascular diseases. This book should be easily accessible as a quick and reliable reference to all interested cardiologists.