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December 21, 1984

Cardiovascular Pharmacology

Author Affiliations

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Baltimore

JAMA. 1984;252(23):3305. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03350230063045

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This book, according to its preface, seeks to provide a "single text containing the basic elements of cardiovascular pharmacology useful to both graduate students and experienced investigators." This is an ambitious goal, particularly when considering the recent explosion of information on calcium-channel blockers, clinical manipulation of the renin-angiotensin system, and the roles of prostacyclin and thromboxane in cardiovascular function.

Despite the number and varied background of the authors, all chapters contain a lucid account of the physiological systems involved, the abnormalities produced by pathological processes, and a detailed account of each widely used or investigated drug developed for use in the presence of these abnormalities. An extensive and reasonably current reference list (up to 1981 in most chapters) is provided at the end of each chapter.

This book provides a useful and encyclopedic review of the basic background and pharmacology of all systems involved in regulating the cardiovascular system. As