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March 21, 1980

Nuclear Cardiology

Author Affiliations

University of Chicago


(Cardiovascular Clinics 10/2), edited by James T. Willerson, 247 pp, with illus, $35, Philadelphia, FA Davis Co, 1979.

JAMA. 1980;243(11):1183. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03300370055030

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Nuclear medicine, including its cardiovascular application, began many years ago after pioneer experiments by Blumgart and Somma Weiss in 1927, yet it is only in the last 20 years and particularly during the last decade that the technology has been sufficiently developed to be of use to the practicing physician and to the cardiac investigator. This book edited by James T. Willerson, which is part of the "Cardiovascular Clinics" series (Albert N. Brest, editor-in-chief), is an attempt to describe nuclear techniques currently of use both to the clinician and the experimental physiologist.

Five of the 14 chapters are written by persons and groups from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas, and the remaining chapters are also by wellrecognized workers in nuclear techniques. As would be expected, the emphasis throughout is on practical applications; there is little controversial material presented.

The areas covered include the scintigraphic evaluation of