Clinical cardiology has undergone dramatic changes in the past decade, and a text that deals with the current state of the science and art of cardiology is long overdue. The Practice of Cardiology is a highly readable, clinically oriented series of 42 essays by 52 contributors (cardiologists, thoracic surgeons, anesthesiologists, and psychiatrists) from the Massachusetts General Hospital. The three editors have organized the book into nine sections that cover four major areas: syndromes common to cardiac disease in general, specific cardiac diseases, diagnostic techniques, and the perioperative care of the cardiac patient. Each chapter begins with a brief outline of the major topics to be covered and concludes with a pertinent list of references in alphabetic order by first author. The numerous illustrations are generally of good quality.
The authors and editors are to be congratulated for emphasizing and highlighting the clinical judgment and decision-making process that the experienced physician