This is the second edition of a textbook of cardiology which serves as an excellent companion piece to the author's recent book, "The Heart Beat."
The author opens his preface to the first edition with the statement that the book "has been written for the large group of physicians who desire to increase their knowledge of heart disease." Such a statement might lead one to believe that this is just another textbook of cardiology. Further inspection reveals that this text is a new departure in approach to the subject of heart disease, one which has been lacking in textbooks for some time.
Recent thinking and teaching in the field of heart disease has stressed the "dynamic" approach —explaining abnormalities and disease in the light of physical principles of hemodynamics and normal function as revealed by more recent techniques of study. It is strange that more of the recent textbooks of