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August 15, 2001

Heart DiseaseHeart Disease: A Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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Copyright 2001 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2001American Medical Association


edited by Eugene Braunwald, Douglas P. Zipes, and Peter Libby, 6th ed, 2414 pp, with illus, $145, ISBN 0-7216-8450-8, Philadelphia, Pa, WB Saunders, 2001.

JAMA. 2001;286(7):847. doi:10.1001/jama.286.7.847

Since the first edition in 1980, Braunwald's textbook Heart Disease has been considered by students, trainees, teachers, and practitioners of cardiology as a source of comprehensive and updated knowledge on cardiovascular diseases. Braunwald's stewardship has ensured the book's excellence. He has authored or coauthored a substantial portion of the chapters and maintained tight control over the material contributed by invited experts.

The text has managed to preserve a proper balance between basic science and clinical medicine. Broad knowledge and careful organization have enabled the editor to minimize duplications and prevent information from being repeated in diverse chapters–a common drawback of hastily collated multiauthored productions. The new edition retains the established assets of the book. The input of Braunwald's two new distinguished coeditors is recognizable in the reorganized and updated chapters on cardiac electrophysiology and arrhythmology coauthored by Zipes and in Libby's synthesis of the advances in the burgeoning field of vascular biology.

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