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December 16, 1988

Progress in Cardiology 1/1

JAMA. 1988;260(23):3516. doi:10.1001/jama.1988.03410230134046

The first issue of Progress in Cardiology under the new editorship of Zipes and Rowlands continues the impressive tradition of excellence established by the previous editors Yu and Goodwin. The text focuses on a central theme, cardiac arrhythmias.

The first three chapters are dedicated to mechanisms; the following three chapters deal with substrates; and the last eight chapters discuss electrophysiology, clinical presentation, therapy, and evaluation of cardiac arrhythmias. Pioneers and experts in the field reevaluate in a clear and concise language the latest techniques of investigation and methods of treatment. They indicate, for example, what was known by all clinicians but rarely brought out in discussion: that the long-term use of type I antiarrhythmic drugs is limited by their side effects. Thus, the search for newer and better drugs must go on and on.

The authors are cautious in adopting new surgical techniques. Atrioventricular modifications or ablation by cryosurgical or