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May 9, 1980

The Cardiovascular System, vol 1: The Heart

JAMA. 1980;243(18):1850-1851. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03300440052040

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An official publication of the American Physiological Society is important. The Heart is the first of a projected five volumes entitled The Cardiovascular System, edited by Robert Berne and Nick Sperelakis. Twenty-five chapters contributed from among the ablest scientists cover normal cardiac function broadly. The utility of this handbook series has already been proved by the first edition, The Handbook of Physiology.

All of those concerned with the preparation of this volume have performed admirably, making critical review of each chapter unnecessary.

Such massive, expensive, and indepth surveys issued in bound handbooks underscore the persistent problem of communication in rapidly growing fields of knowledge. In this case it is a question of who will derive the most benefit from reading this prodigious work. Although the book is full of material relevant to clinical medicine, I would guess that it will be of most interest to students of physiology and full-time