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May 20, 1998

The HeartHurst's The Heart

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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edited by R. Wayne Alexander, Robert C. Schlant, Valentin Fuster, Robert A. O'Rourke, Robert Roberts, and Edmund H. Sonnenblick, 9th ed, 2729 pp, with illus, $130, ISBN 0-07-057717-X, two-volume set $145, ISBN 0-07-912951-X, New York, NY, McGraw-Hill, 1998.

JAMA. 1998;279(19):1579-1580. doi:10.1001/jama.279.19.1579-JBK0520-3-1

The ninth edition of the Hurst textbook appears 3 years after the eighth edition. The text is expanded by 126 pages (5%). The organization has been tightened by reducing the number of chapters from 143 to 105 and the number of authors from 203 to 181. Many of the deleted chapters were devoted to the technique of various cardiological procedures; the material has been merged with the appropriate subject areas. Other deletions reflect the declining importance of areas such as nonglycoside inotropic drugs, surgery for cardiac arrhythmias, lasers in coronary angioplasty, and cardiovascular syphilis.

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