Lecture notes on cardiology

Lecture notes on cardiology

Book reviews Role of cstecholsminer tension. By Budh Dev in csrdiovssculsr diseases. I. Hypsr- Bhagat, Springfield, Ill., 19’74, Charles C Thomas...

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Role of cstecholsminer tension. By Budh Dev

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Bhagat, Springfield, Ill., 19’74, Charles C Thomas, Publisher, 200 pp. This book summarizes very well the physiology and pharmacology of the role of the catecholamines in arterial hypertension. The antihypertensive agents currently used in therapy are so closely related to the subject of this publication that physicians will find the book helpful. The author has simplified the concepts for the busy student and physician. Hypertension is still one of the most important diseases of man. It is readily controlled provided the physiology is clearly understood. There are simple illustrations which review the mechanisms considered responsible for the hypertension and its many associated manifestations. These all relate to treatment. Diagnosis and treatment are considered. This is a good book for teaching. It should interest not only physicians but undergraduate medical students as well.

Electrocerdiogrsphy snd releted manual for ths nume. By Victor

Grove, Calif., 1974, Trainex



A complete

E. Schulse, Jr., M.D., Garden Press, Trainex Corp., 248 pp.

This manual is intended for nurses who work closely with cardiac patients. The discussions and illustrations are made simple for beginners but, as shown in Figure 2-5, they can be too simple. In this illustration, for example, the author fails to label the tracings due to anterior and posterior infarction. Nevertheless, with the assistance of cardiologists the nurse can ilnd the book useful. The need for supplemental assistance from physicians is again illustrated on page 29 where the vectorcardiogram is described. Regardless, nurses will find many interesting and valuable bits of useful information in this manual. To appreciate fully the importance of the information the nurse must think and study other publications as well. This is a good and useful manual. Lecture notes on cardiology. By J. S. Fleming, M.D., M.R.C.P., and M. V. Braimbridge, M.A., M.B., Oxford, London, Edinburgh, Melbourne, 1974, Blackwell Scientific Publications, 326 pp.

This second edition of this book on clinical cardiology should interest all general practitioners, internists, and clinical cardiologists. The authors, a cardiologist and cardiothoracic surgeon, summarize clinical cardiology and cardiac surgery from the practicing physician’s point of view. The illustrations are simple and clear. In fact, some of the illustrations may be even too simple such as Figure 2.2 on page 90 of atria1 flutter. Nevertheless, the illustrations do present the concept effectively for the beginner or less experienced cardiologist. The subjects discussed are remarkably extensive for a book of about 300 pages. ThiB is a good book which is highly recommended to busy general practitioners and internists. It is designed to promote better bedside cardiology. Systemic srteriel hypertension. By Milton Mendlowits, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.C.P., Springfield, Ill., 1974, Charles C Thomas, Publisher, 189 pp.

Mendlowitz has been interested in systemic arterial hypertension for many years. He has personally contributed to the


field, particularly the relationship of the behavior of the peripheral circulation to hypertension. This book condenses his many ideas and contributions very effectively. His preface, listing contributors to the field, is an interesting part of the book. The material considered is both physiologic and clinical. There is greater emphasis on the clinical syndrome and pharmacology than on the mechanism responsible for hypertension, This small book of about 100 pages should interest all physicians concerned with the treatment of hypertension. An extensive bibliography is appended to the book. Recent advances in studies on card& lism: Vol. 4, Myocsrdisl biology,


1974, University


and metsbo-

Edited by N. S. Dhalla. Park Press, 614 pp.

Volume 4 continues the excellent series of publications on cardiac structure and metabolism. The book contains a series of papers on the electrical and mechanical properties of heart, membrane transport, and calcium metabolism and heart function. The latter is discussed extensively. This book should interest biochemists, biophysicians, physiologists, and pharmacologists. Clinicians will find the diBCUS8iOnB extremely valuable but complex for those who have failed to follow the biochemical and physiologic literature. The importance of this book cannot be overemphasized. Dhalla and Rona have accumulated an interesting series of presentations for those interested in the myocardium. The myocardium certainly needs extensive considerations and support in research and teaching. This book contains some of the interesting investigations in progress.

Symposium on digitalis. Edited by Ole Storstein in collaboration with Sigurd Nitter-Hauge and Liv Storstein, Oslo, 1973, Gyldendal Norsk Forlag, 428 pp. Price $25.00. This book includes the presentations on digitalis from a conference held in Oslo during February, 1973. The conference was mainly concerned with metabolism and kinetics of digitalis distribution throughout the body. Digoxin was the preparation considered most. The action of digitalis was thoroughly discussed, but just how to use dlgitalie in clinical practice received very little consihration. Although there was a great deal of attention to digitalis intoxication, the clinician who reads this book will find little advice as to how to use the drug and achieve full digitalization without intoxicating the patient. Satisfactory digltalixation is done routinely by any master internist or master cardiologist. Pharmacologists will find this to be a useful book whereas the practicing clinician will find little of practical use to him except those aspects related to digitalis intoxication and the difficult problems related to the use of digoxin. Csrdisc cstheterhstion tory menuel, ed. 2. By

snd sngiooudiogrsphy:

An introduc-

David Verde1 and Ronald G. Grainger, Foreword by Sir John McMichael, Edinburgh and London, 1973, Churchill-Living&one, 228 pp. This book describes the techniques of cardiac catheterixation and angiography for beginners. The authors rightly emphasize the importance of adequate and acceptable standards of recording. In many laboratories the emphasis on accuracy is too often neglected. The principles concerned with

January, 1975, Vol. 89, No. 1