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October 2, 1987

Cardiovascular Disease

Author Affiliations

Boston University School of Medicine (Emeritus)

Boston University School of Medicine (Emeritus)

JAMA. 1987;258(13):1827-1828. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03400130141057

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This book was apparently prepared to "help [health] workers and investigators" as a "handy and definitive resource tool for health professionals," and represents the cardiovascular section of an overall review of all disease. There appears to be an expectation that the reader has little knowledge of the subject matter.

A considerable amount of statistical data on cardiovascular disease incidence, particularly changes in mortality and morbidity experience over recent years, is presented. This presentation may be the greatest value of the book. Although later in the book the reader is cautioned about the difficulties of interpreting such data from various countries, or even within the United States, there appears to be a great reliance on the validity of the data. This despite the admitted unreliability of much death certificate data, especially in the elderly, even in countries with high standards of medical education and care. This unreliability stems from the fact,