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October 15, 1973

Myocardial Infarction: New Perspectives in Diagnosis and Management

Author Affiliations

University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry Rochester, NY


edited by Eliot Corday and H. J. C. Swan, 398 pp, with illus, $26.50, Williams & Wilkins Co., 1973.

JAMA. 1973;226(3):360-361. doi:10.1001/jama.1973.03230030072038

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This book is the outgrowth of a course that the American College of Cardiology offered on the subject, "New Perspectives in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Myocardial Infarction," held in 1972. Doctors Corday and Swan, experts in the field of cardiology, have edited the 50 chapters authored by 59 cardiologists and cardiac surgeons. The book is divided into eight major sections consisting of pathophysiology, diagnosis, ischemic arrhythmias, prognosis, early coronary care, cardiogenic shock, therapeutics, and surgery. The multiauthored chapters have many of the strengths and weaknesses of a book created by compiling manuscripts from contributors to a course. Most of the chapters are well referenced with articles updated through 1972. The book summarizes some of the latest developments in myocardial infarction research with superb contributions and reviews on the hemodynamic profiles of acute coronary disease. Biochemical and mechanical instability associated with myocardial ischemia are well presented. The chapters on the