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September 12, 1977

Congestive Heart Failure: Mechanisms, Evaluation and Treatment

JAMA. 1977;238(11):1185. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03280120077029

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This multi-authored book, edited and written in part by Dr Dean T. Mason, is up to date, well written, and profusely referenced and illustrated. The authors are among the foremost investigators and therapeutic experts in the area of congestive heart failure.

Dr Mason divides the subjects into three main themes: mechanisms, evaluation, and treatment. Part 1, "The Mechanisms," presents a review of biochemistry, phase and electron microscopy, and physiological studies performed in experimental animal and human laboratories before 1976. While the authorities who present the material are outstanding experimenters, there is too much repetition. The editor could have deleted more than one third of the 179 pages.

Part 2, "Evaluation," is superb. Included are lucid descriptions of the physical examination, echocardiography, and cardiac catheterization in congestive heart failure. The final chapter in this section discusses cardiac catheterization in coronary heart disease. Its inclusion in this book was unnecessary, but it