November 25, 1983

Cardiovascular Drugs and the Management of Heart Disease

Author Affiliations

University of California, Los Angeles Brotman Medical Center Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Los Angeles


edited by Gordon A. Ewy and Rubin Bressler, 752 pp, with illus, $68, New York, Raven Press, 1982.

JAMA. 1983;250(20):2862. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03340200094042

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The prolific introduction of new drugs and therapies makes the task of writing a book that is current on the management of heart disease and cardiovascular drugs a most challenging undertaking. The medicine, cardiology, and pharmacology sections of the University of Arizona, Tucson, have undertaken this challenge. The authors include 22 persons affiliated with the University of Arizona and five others.

The book is divided into useful sections, including principles of drug therapy, specific drugs, and chapters emphasizing basic topics in cardiovascular disease, including ischemic heart disease, valvular heart disease, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, congestive heart failure, and other topics. Each chapter is introduced by a concise and useful summary, and the subject index is thorough, allowing ready access to information.

With the diffuse range of therapies and cardiovascular drugs originating from multiple investigators across the country, one looks forward to reading these concise reviews. However, the book lacks breadth in comparison