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May 2, 1990

The Heart: Arteries and Veins

JAMA. 1990;263(17):2375. doi:10.1001/jama.1990.03440170097049

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The Hurst textbook of cardiology enters its second quarter century with this seventh edition. It continues the multiauthor approach that aims to cover the field comprehensively, and does so very well.

The seventh edition has expanded by about 20% in the number of pages, chapters, and authors. There are now 198 contributors, 24% of them from Atlanta, Ga, and the rest widely distributed about the United States, with a few from abroad. Since the original edition in 1966, the book has nearly doubled in size and nearly tripled in the number of authors.

The new edition has 20 new chapters and new authors for several others. Ten chapters have been deleted, their material merged into other chapters. Some of the mergers denote the declining importance of topics such as vector cardiography and digital subtraction angiography. Others indicate the increasing importance of areas such as electrophysiology and peripheral vascular disease, in