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Cardiologists and practical physiology buffs with two or three evenings to spare will be delighted with this treatise that achieves what its preface proclaims: it offers current understanding of cardiac function by experts who have taken pains to simplify language while maintaining the scientific integrity of their subjects and presenting areas of significant controversy. Eight appropriately illustrated and well-referenced chapters cover, in only 238 pages, the remarkable achievements of recent years in cardiac function and control and include the therapeutic implications of topics like arrhythmias and the actions of digitalis. A brief selfassessment test and a good index complete the book.
Dr Vassalle has succeeded in arranging the contributions to this book in a logical sequence that will gratify cover-to-cover readers. Yet, each chapter can stand on its own as a minimonograph that will reward spot reading, including quick reference to individual problems. The list of contributors is an indication
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