This book is neither a manual on the management of cardiac emergencies nor a compendium of the available literature on this subject. It happily combines a brief physiologic discussion of each problem with practical measures for its management. The usual so-called cardiac emergencies are covered. In addition some subjects which are not generally thought of as cardiac emergencies are included, such as refractory congestive heart failure, electrolyte disturbances, and certain iatrogenic problems.
There is wisely no attempt to review and evaluate the multitude of therapies that have been recommended in the past or to hurriedly summarize the most recent advances in this field. As the author points out "very few of the therapeutic measures detailed here have been subjected to the test of critical scientific evaluation." Thus, this work bears the stamp of the author's personal experience. Although one may differ with the author at times over details of management,