by Desmond G. Julian, 272 pp, with illus, $25, New York, Churchill Livingstone, 1977.
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Coronary artery bypass surgery as treatment for angina pectoris has spurred new interest in this common syndrome. Julian has assembled contributions from 13 experienced clinicians and investigators from America and Europe. The emphasis throughout is on the practical and clinical aspects of chronic coronary artery disease. The subject is covered in a logical and orderly manner, beginning with an account by Matthews of the historical background of angina pectoris that is fascinatingly and well told. We often think of coronary atherosclerosis as a 20th century disease, but it seems that a lady of Egypt by the name Teye probably had angina pectoris 3,000 years ago. Matthews also contributes an excellent chapter on the clinical diagnosis of angina pectoris.
The chapters by Varnauskas on exercise testing, by Resnekov on myocardial perfusion, and by Friesinger on the hemodynamics of angina pectoris are as good as one will find on these topics. Excellent
Hodges M. Angina Pectoris. JAMA. 1978;240(6):569. doi:10.1001/jama.1978.03290060071025