Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
by Stephen Klaidman, 272 pp, $25, ISBN 0-19-511279-2, New York, NY, Oxford University Press, 2000.
The plague of the 20th and 21st centuries is atherosclerotic coronary artery disease, which causes approximately 500 000 deaths in the United States every year. Therefore a book that describes the types of treatments and the evolution of the different treatments of coronary artery disease should be of special interest to clinicians and patients who are confronted with this common medical problem.
In Saving the Heart, however, Stephen Klaidman does not simply describe the remarkable history of the people and the institutions that have made the most important contributions to the treatment of coronary artery disease during the 20th century. Rather, Klaidman, a journalist and senior research fellow at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, critically examines from the perspective of an ethicist the unique personalities of the major contributors to cardiovascular care and the intricate and often lucrative relationships between some of these cardiovascular pioneers and the medical industry in what has become the medical-industrial complex.
Heart DiseaseSaving the Heart: The Battle to Conquer Coronary Disease. JAMA. 2001;285(3):340-341. doi:10.1001/jama.285.3.340-JBK0117-2-1