Physiology and Pharmacology of the Heart / Edition 1

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Overview

Profusely illustrated, Physiology and Pharmacology of the Heart contains lucid descriptions of the following topics: anatomy of the heart; foetal circulation; congenital malformations; mechanical events in the normal heart; electrical excitations of the heart; mechanical properties of cardiac muscle and its control; measurement of cardiac output; coronary circulation; ischaemic heart disease and its therapy; and cardiac failure and its therapy.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Richard L. Clancy, PhD (University of Kansas Medical Center)
Description: The emphasis of this book is on normal and abnormal cardiac electrophysiology, including the pharmacological treatment of arrhythmias. Other topics addressed are cardiac muscle contraction, coronary blood flow, and cardiac failure.
Purpose: The authors' objective is to provide a concise integrative presentation of the physiology and pharmacology of the heart.
Audience: The authors view their reading audience as undergraduate physiology students, medical students, clinicians, and researchers.
Features: The principal feature of this book is the extensive use of figures with limited didactic commentary.
Assessment: The quality of the figures is very good in general; however, the figures dealing with voltage clamp data are difficult to interpret because of insufficient explanation in the accompanying legends. The numerous histology figures also do not contribute significantly to the authors' objectives. The limited number of references, most of which are books or reviews, limits their usefulness for the researcher. The goal of providing a concise textbook results in the reader needing significant background knowledge, particularly in the area of cardiac electrophysiology. Consequently, the book's usefulness for undergraduate and first-year medical students is questionable. However, the authors are to be commended for developing a book for the individual desiring to review normal and abnormal electrophysiology and the treatment of the latter.
From the Publisher
"If you are a Medical or Science undergraduate, a young Cardiology Registrar starting a Calman training post, or a research student starting a PhD or MD in Cardiovascular Physiology - Look no further than this excellent book!"
Black Bag, Medical Student's Society of Bristol University, March 1998 issue

"I cannot praise this book highly enough. It is written in excellent concise style, and with great and admirable clarity. The pictures and diagrams are superb.....The authors should be greatly congratulated on producing the best textbook of cardiac Physiology that I have so far encountered."
Dr Allan Levi, Department of Physiology, Bristol

"suitable for students of the new curriculum. Consider this as an addition to your bookshelf."
Surgo, Glasgow University Medical Journal

Richard L. Clancy
The emphasis of this book is on normal and abnormal cardiac electrophysiology, including the pharmacological treatment of arrhythmias. Other topics addressed are cardiac muscle contraction, coronary blood flow, and cardiac failure. The authors' objective is to provide a concise integrative presentation of the physiology and pharmacology of the heart. The authors view their reading audience as undergraduate physiology students, medical students, clinicians, and researchers. The principal feature of this book is the extensive use of figures with limited didactic commentary. The quality of the figures is very good in general; however, the figures dealing with voltage clamp data are difficult to interpret because of insufficient explanation in the accompanying legends. The numerous histology figures also do not contribute significantly to the authors' objectives. The limited number of references, most of which are books or reviews, limits their usefulness for the researcher. The goal of providing a concise textbook results in the reader needing significant background knowledge, particularly in the area of cardiac electrophysiology. Consequently, the book's usefulness for undergraduate and first-year medical students is questionable. However, the authors are to be commended for developing a book for the individual desiring to review normal and abnormal electrophysiology and the treatment of the latter.

2 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865427228
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/4/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 8.68 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Functional Anatomy of the Heart; 2. Mechanical Events During the Cardiac Cycle; 3. The Excitatory Pathway; 4. Cardiac Cellular Electrophysiology: Ventricle and Atrium; 5. Cardiac Cellular Electrophysiology: Pacemaking and Conducting Tissue; 6. The Electrocardiogram; 7. Arrhythmias: Electrophysiological basis; 8. Antiarrhythmic Drugs 9. Arrhythmias: Clinical considerations; 10. Excitation-Contraction Coupling and Mechanoelectrical Feedback; 11. Functional Aspects of Cardiac Muscle Contraction; 12. The Nervous Control of Heart Rate and Force; 13. Measurement of Cardiac Output; 14. The Cardiac Environment: Effects of Altered Ion Concentrations on the Heart; 15. Coronary Flow and Coronary Thrombosis; 16. Drugs used to Treat Ischaemic Heart Disease; 17. Cardiac Failure; 18. Drugs Used for Cardiac Failure; 19. Molecular Biology of Cardiac Ion Channels; 20. Growing Points in Cardiac Research; Further Reading; Index

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