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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Joseph F. Stella, DO (Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine)
Description: This new book adequately describes the detailed aspects of wound healing in various cardiovascular disorders and adaptive processes, both beneficial and pathologic, that occur as compensatory mechanisms.
Purpose: The purpose is to describe in great detail several different types of wounds or injuries to cardiovascular structures. The author easily realizes his objective. He first starts with an intricate description of the body's normal physiologic and cellular response to a various wound injury or pathologic process. Next, he describes the effect of various hormones both endogenous and erogenous, proteins, drugs and mechanical factors that can influence the body's response to the aforementioned insult. Finally, he describes in a cellular and somewhat clinical manner the reparative process and any therapeutic regimens that can alter the pathologic state or affect the patient's prognosis.
Audience: The primary audience for this book is cardiovascular research scientists. In addition, some general cardiologists may find this book of particular use. The author is a well-known and respected figure in the field of cardiovascular disease.
Features: The author appropriately uses an adequate number of graphs, charts, and pictures to help enable the reader to fully understand various concepts in this text. The references in this book are numerous and up-to-date.
Assessment: I believe that this is a well-written, unique book that would be useful for a cardiovascular research scientist. This book goes in-depth to explain cardiovascular wound healing in different pathologic states and different factors that can alter the body's response to these insults. In short, it would be a welcome addition to a cardiovascular scientist's library.