NOVEMBER 1985, VOL 42, NO 5
for health education and advice, and books such as this can assist us in keeping abreast of the newest medical information so that we can provide patients with the best possible care. KATHYSHANEBERGER, RN, CNOR ALLENDALE, MICH Textbook of Anatomy and Physiology, 1lth ed. Catherine P. Anthony, Gary A. Thibodeau. C. V. Mosby Co, 11830 Westline Industrial Dr, St Louis 63146, 1983, 887 pp, $28.95 clothbound. This book is attractive and the layout is inviting. The size and type of print, the numerous beautiful illustrations, and the readability of the text will continue to make it a leader in its field. This edition has much that is new, such as emphasis on histology, additional information about the microstructure of cells, the application of scanning electron microscopy to the study of red blood cells, brain and cord neurotransmitters, pain control areas, beta-blocker drug effects, and pulmonary radiology. There are new chapters dealing with the skin and the physiology of the respiratory and digestive systems. Special features for students include outline summaries at the beginning and end of each chapter, review questions, tables and flow charts, supplementary readings, abbreviations, prefixes and suffixes, a glossary, and a comprehensive index. The book is designed for college-level introductory courses in human anatomy and physiology to serve students in liberal arts, nursing, and other health-related fields. It could also serve as an excellent reference for health care professionals. It would be a worthwhile addition to any health care institution’s library. SISTER KANE,RHSJ, RN CORNWALL, ONTARIO, CANADA
The Disease Detectives: Deadly Medical Mysteries and the People Who Solve Them. Gerald Astor. New American Library, 1633 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, 1983, 250 pp, $14.95 clothbound.
This fascinating and true story of the disease
detectives associated with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta will hold your interest and be a source of valuable information. The first chapter, “The CDC on the Case,” is an overview, and gives a sampling of the various situations that get the CDC on the trail of looking for causes and trying to find treatments for diseases that plague mankind. Each subsequent chapter takes you with the medical detectivesas they search for clues, test, and compare incidents and outbreaks, sometimes finding an old disease in modern times and sometimes finding a new condition. There are stories of how the detectives traced the disease Leptospirosis to a family reunion, the mysteries of the hemorrhagic diseases (Marburg’s disease and Lassa fever), outbreaks of black death in the United States, hazards caused by heavy metals, and how patients get Circling disease caused by Lkteria monocytogene organisms. After reading this book, you may want to consider changing to a career as a medical detective. SISTERKANE,RHSJ, RN CORNWALL, ONTARIO, CANADA
Carbon Dioxide Lasers Used in Cardiac Surgery A cardiac surgeon in Houston has successfully used a carbon dioxide laser to remove atherosclerotic plaque in three bypass surgery patients, according to a report in the Aug 12 Medical World News. James J. Livesay, MD, Texas Heart Institute, said angiograms done a week after surgery showed vascular patency and residual stenosis in five of six laser-treated arteries. Before surgery, the arteries had distal stenosis of 75%to 99%. Although lasers have been used for coFonary endarterectomy, the tests represent the first use of carbon dioxide lasers for atherosclerotic plaque removal. It was chosen for the tests instead of argon lasers, which had been tested earlier, because the infrared wave-length of the carbon dioxide laser does not penetrate very deeply before making a clean cut. 791