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April 14, 1978

Cardiovascular Pharmacology

Author Affiliations

Veterans Administration Hospital New Haven, Conn

JAMA. 1978;239(15):1552. doi:10.1001/jama.1978.03280420088027

This volume presents a series of reviews, particularly of recent contributions, of most topics of cardiovascular pharmacology. Chapters 1 and 4 discuss the regulation of the circulation and of the autonomic and central nervous mechanisms involved. These contributions are readable and informative; perhaps more extensive data on CNS neurotransmitters, both stimulant and inhibitory, might have been included. Chapter 2 is a somewhat superficial presentation of renal anatomy and physiology; the pharmacology of diuretic agents is succinct, yet may be adequate as an introductory guide to the subject. Chapter 3 deals with the reninangiotensin system; chapter 5 is a brief but lucid and discriminating presentation of the cardiovascular effects of the prostaglandins. Unavoidably, in view of our limited definitive knowledge, much of the information is not conclusive.

The rest of the book deals with specific clinical entities. Obviously the contributors are well informed on their subjects; in general, however, the introductory