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March 4, 1983

The Coronary Artery

Author Affiliations

Harvard Medical School Boston

JAMA. 1983;249(9):1201. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03330330079046

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This book consists of 28 chapters, 25 of them reviews of recent findings in one area or another of arterial biochemistry and physiology. The authors of the individual scientific reviews have themselves worked in the separate fields and show themselves to be informed of the work of others. The reviews range in quality from good to excellent. Clinical medicine is a concern of the three terminal chapters on regression of atherosclerosis, limitations of infarct size, and coronary artery surgery as described in the clinical literature of a few years ago. Physicians will not find in these chapters definitive conclusion on these controversial matters.

There are reservations as regard each scientific review and the book as a whole. With respect to the reviews, several matters deserve mention. It takes time to prepare a book for publication, and in a work created by many authors the convoy system must prevail: the slowest