Raven Press has published a handsome book of 376 pages, printed on excellent paper and easily carried. It is the first volume of medical education programs sponsored by the Continuing Education Committee of the American College of Cardiology in which the editor and authors have surveyed recent advances in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases. This collection of papers was first presented at a recent College of Cardiology conference in Snowmass, Colo, and the coverage is well timed and most comprehensive.
The book is divided into five sections. The first is on diagnostic techniques and covers not only radionuclide angiography and myocardial imaging, but also digital subtraction angiography, positron emission tomography, and three-dimensional echocardiography. The second section examines coronary artery disease, including thrombolytic therapy and percutaneous coronary angioplasty. The third section deals with the therapy of cardiac arrhythmias, including experiences with the new antiarrhythmic drugs and surgical management. The