Each of the articles in this volume has appeared before in separate issues of the journal, Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases. As a result, some of the anticipation with which any new book is read is dissipated. Rereading of some of the articles usually yields information overlooked or misinterpreted at first sitting.
The content has been geared to the level of the practicing internist or well-read resident in medicine and is perhaps both too technical for the general practitioner and too simple for the sophisticated cardiologist. Nonetheless, it has some value for all levels of experience and training. Because it is a compendium of articles its organization seems slightly haphazard; a detriment not infrequently found in single-author books as well.
The articles range from generally descriptive reviews to specific, limited discussions of a single phenomenon. Keys and Blackburn have compiled a remarkable overview of the factors thought to be operative in