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July 17, 2002

Cardiovascular PhysiologyHandbook of Physiology: A Critical, Comprehensive Presentation of Physiological Knowledge and Concepts: Section 2: The Cardiovascular System

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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JAMA. 2002;288(3):390. doi:10.1001/jama.288.3.390-JBK0717-6-1

The Handbook of Physiology is a series of volumes published under the auspices of the American Physiological Society. The volumes aim to provide "A critical, comprehensive presentation of physiological knowledge and concepts." The present volume, The Heart, is part of the third series of Handbooks, previous volumes on the heart having appeared in 1962 and 1979.

The material is presented in the form of 21 essays that are indeed critical and comprehensive. They average about 40 pages, 20 illustrations, and 300 references each. Most include a historical account of the development of knowledge and concepts and a short overview summary. However, the writing style and depth of coverage will make for heavy going for most clinicians who are not basic investigators.

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