The first edition of this volume, published in 1959, has remained the most complete work available on intravascular catheterization and related procedures. The enlarged second edition offers several new features: the chapter on left heart catheterization has been greatly expanded and now provides detailed technical information on the various approaches currently in use; the section on angiography has been enlarged; a brief chapter on technical aspects of catheterization in infants has been added; and there is now a good chapter concerning visualization of the coronary circulation. There are also new sections on intracardiac manometry (the Allard-Laurens system) and polarographic techniques.
Unfortunately, while the material from the first edition has been up-dated in several areas, a number of chapters have undergone little or no revision. This applies, for example, to those on cyanotic heart disease, acquired heart disease, and the pulmonary circulation. The chapters on the contributions of cardiac catheterization to