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The importance of this impressive volume is that it documents the wide flux in ideas that currently motivate a large group of investigators concerned with the nature of atherosclerosis and its most important clinical consequence, myocardial infarction. Each of the 38 brief dissertations compiled in this symposium is the product of carefully planned studies, expertly consummated, which yield an inspiring amount of intriguing new information. The net effect of the book, however, is very different. At times the investigators appear to prefer flanking maneuvers rather than direct assaults on the subject in hand. Much of the material presented is only remotely related to myocardial infarction. Some avant-gardists seem to be suffering from defective navigation.
Hardly a plaque of any composition is left unturned. Genetic, meteorologic and emotional factors, intestinal flora, stress, thrombogenesis, a brood of enzyme systems, mast cells, thromboplastin, platelets, electrical currents, blood coagulability and viscosity, catecholamines, uric acid,
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