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Coronary Heart Disease: Prevention, Complications, and Treatment

Joseph S. Alpert, MD
JAMA. 1985;253(24):3609. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03350480119039.
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This text is a contemporary, extensive review of the state of knowledge of coronary artery disease in 1985. Twenty-five chapters written by epidemiologists, basic scientists, psychologists, clinical investigators, and clinicians examine all aspects of coronary heart disease, from epidemiologic studies in the United States to suggested treatment protocols for complications of acute myocardial infarction.

The chapters are complete and well referenced, with minimal overlap. Of particular value are the first ten chapters, which examine the epidemiology of ischemic heart disease and the role played by risk factors in its genesis.

The text has been carefully edited, and the figures are clear and well presented. The only drawback that one might note is that much of the material presented is already available in standard cardiology reference works, such as Braunwald or Hurst.

Despite this criticism, I highly recommend this book to cardiologists, cardiology fellows, and internists with a special interest in


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