The editor of this volume has assembled a number of significant survey articles concerned with various technical and interpretive aspects of cardiac catheterization. The most comprehensive and valuable chapters deal with catheterization of the left heart, pressure curve analysis, congenital heart disease, shunt flows, valve areas, and applications of indicator dilution curves. Other sections discuss acquired heart disease, the pulmonary circulation, selective angiocardiography, the technique of cardiac catheterization, and a number of other related subjects, including intracardiac electrocardiography and renal, hepatic, and cerebral circulation studies.
The multiple authorship has resulted in considerable repetition in several areas, e. g., mitral valve hemodynamics, whereas a number of general problems regarding cardiac catheterization appear to have been inadequately examined. In particular, the general material on methodology and instrumentation could well be expanded, since profitable interpretations are so completely dependent on accurate data. This volume presents a collection of valuable information on selected topics