Smith and Kampine have achieved their goal of presenting the essential principles of cardiovascular physiology and of developing in an orderly fashion some of the current, and at times complex, basic concepts. When progress is rapid and literature voluminous, a text such as this is most welcome. It clearly identifies important and fundamental areas that should be familiar to physicians caring for patients with heart disease.
In keeping with their aim, the authors present even the most difficult concepts in a manner easily absorbed by a physician not especially familiar with basic areas, such as electrophysiology or myocardial biochemistry-metabolism. Such presentation is made possible by inclusion of many clear and carefully constructed diagrams.
The book consists of 15 chapters including: "Blood and the Circulation: General Features," "Hemodynamics," "The Heart: Structure and Function," "Pressure and Flow in the Arterial and Venous Systems," "Electrical Properties of the Heart," "Contractile Properties of the