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August 19, 1988

Heart Disease

Author Affiliations

Boston Medical Library

Boston Medical Library

JAMA. 1988;260(7):1006. doi:10.1001/jama.1988.03410070134056

This remarkable book is now in its second edition and will need to go into several more, since it is in large measure a review of physiological literature bearing on clinical cardiology. One of its virtues is that the book is by one person, in contradistinction to works of similar size that have been created by many authors, each of whom may have been made an authority on some narrow subject by virtue of being one of half a dozen authors on a published article. Silber's book has been created and organized with the views of one man of massive intellectual capacity and wide-reaching and extraordinary organizational ability.

The book has thousands of references and therein, paradoxically, lies its main fault. The references usually refer to the conclusions of the articles cited and not to their data. As experienced workers in any branch of laboratory science must know, the conclusions