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This large and useful book is the latest in a Scientific Foundations series dealing with various topics in medicine. It contains 73 chapters, each well circumscribed and directed at a highly specific topic. Most of the nearly 100 authors are well known and the quality of the writing is quite high. The editors are to be congratulated on their choice of collaborators.
The 73 chapters are arranged into major sections, most of which deal with clinical topics. The arrangement requires that each chapter be independent of the others, so that each can be read without reference to other parts of the book. Part of the usefulness of the book is that each small segment can be read and understood on its own. The book does not make a great effort to cover every area of cardiology completely; the authors seen to have had the freedom to write on topics of
Ford LE. Scientific Foundations of Cardiology. JAMA. 1984;252(23):3307. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03350230065048