January 20, 1984

Ischemic Heart Disease: Clinical and Pathophysiological Aspects

Author Affiliations

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Baltimore


by James T. Willerson, L. David Hillis, and L. Maximilian Buja, 374 pp, with illus, $49.50, New York, Raven Press, 1982.

JAMA. 1984;251(3):403. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03340270077035

This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables.


This book covers all aspects of ischemic heart disease, including coronary spasm, coronary arterial disease, and myocardial infarction. The pathophysiology, pathology, clinical presentation, diagnostic evaluation, and therapy of ischemic heart disease are discussed.

The management of patients with ischemic heart disease constitutes a major portion of the practice of both the cardiologist and internist. It is an area in which active research has resulted in an expansion in both our understanding of the underlying pathophysiology and the therapeutic modalities available.

Drs Willerson, Hillis, and Buja have provided a book that is on the whole an excellent review of our current understanding of the subject. From a personal point of view, I found the order of the contents distracting, with the chapters on the examination of the patient preceding those on the clinical presentation of the disease. However, this should not present a problem if the book is used as a