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July 28, 1978

Modern Cardiology

Author Affiliations

University of Southern California School of Medicine Los Angeles


by John D. Cantwell, 468 pp, with illus, $24.95, Woburn, Mass, Butter-worths, 1977.

JAMA. 1978;240(4):393. doi:10.1001/jama.1978.03290040071032

This book offers a current review of common problems in cardiology encountered by the practicing internist and the cardiologist. Recent information is presented on arteriosclerotic heart disease, valvular heart disease, hypertension, laboratory techniques, and cardiovascular drugs. The natural history of coronary artery disease as well as the entities of Prinzmetal's angina and angina pectoris without coronary artery disease are succinctly discussed. The author cites the recent medical literature regarding survival following medical and surgical therapy for the treatment of ischemic heart disease and then presents his own recommendations. This literature review will prove useful to those physicians who are not immediately familiar with the current controversies in the treatment of coronary artery disease.

The clinical spectrum of valvular heart disease is discussed in five chapters. The entity of the floppy mitral valve is carefully reviewed, but unfortunately the other chapters in this section tend to be relatively short. In contrast,