This small volume is, in effect, a concise postgraduate course in the theory and practice of modern cardiology. It is not a review of the literature as such, but rather a series of reviews of selected major topics. This format continues the tradition of earlier editions since 1929.
In this, the sixth edition (the fifth appeared in 1959), there are three groups of topics and 16 chapters by 12 authors. The first group considers the practical clinical problems of pediatric cardiology, pregnancy, pulmonary embolism, coronary care, and surgery for ischemic heart disease. The second group deals with more fundamental topics, including myocardial metabolism and performance in health and disease as well as the circulatory and metabolic consequences of heart failure and shock. The third group is concerned with selected diagnostic and therapeutic measures, including echocardiography, electroversion, pacing, valve replacement, and the pharmacology of beta-adrenoceptor antagonists. Each chapter has a bibliography,