edited by Glenn A. Langer and Allan J. Brady, 310 pp, with illus, $24.50, John Wiley & Sons, 1974.
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The distinguished editors of The Mammalian Myocardium have assembled a list of contributors that proclaims the quality of this comprehensive exploration of cardiac ultrastructure and what might be termed "ultrafunction." The stupendous advances of the past decade in subcellular anatomy, physiology, and chemistry are discussed in depth and integrated by consummate authorities in ten separate but mutually related essays. Indeed, it is quite impossible to cite one or another contribution as outstanding because of the uniform standard of excellence achieved. Moreover, the sections are not the familiar train of review articles, but rather based largely on the work of each contributor. Finally, there are no multiauthored chapters, a particularly refreshing quality, since the reader is never in doubt regarding the authority for the facts, theories, hypotheses, and conclusions presented.
This book is enriched by contributions by the editors themselves (Brady on myocardial electrophysiology and mechanics; Langer on ionic movements in
Spodick DH. The Mammalian Myocardium. JAMA. 1974;229(7):851-852. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230450075041