An astonishingly satisfying "instant book," Developments in Cardiovascular Medicine was printed within only four months after its content, a special symposium, was presented by the Royal College of Physicians to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the birth of William Harvey. Linking today's cardiology with its historical foundations, including not only William Harvey's epochal revelation but also the crucial new principles added during the fruitful four centuries since his time, 30 internationally distinguished scientists show the physical, chemical, anatomic, physiological, and metabolic foundations for the complicated, and expensive but rewarding modern cardiovascular diagnosis and therapy.
The book provides a broad overview without belaboring working details but unfortunately penetrates current cardiology somewhat unevenly as some have come to expect from multiauthored texts. Up-to-the-minute data are presented on the atrial receptors that promote urine flow, including information not yet in print elsewhere. On the other hand, the gross anatomy of the muscle bundles