The cardiovascular system has been a favorite with biophysicists for many decades. This is not surprising when one realizes that biochemical, physical, chemical, electrophysiological, hydraulic, and hydrodynamic phenomena are all occurring simultaneously and waiting to be studied. The technological methods by which the long list of biologic phenomena have been studied is nearly as long as the list of phenomena itself. Many mechanical devices have been used to study the circulatory system, as have a large number of electromechanical tranducers and electrical and electronic devices. Physicians have been responsible for a great many of these developments or applications. Unfortunately, however, the vast majority of physicians are unprepared to understand either the technical or theoretical aspects of these interdisciplinary advances, and if they should ultimately be incorporated into clinical use, physicians will be unable to apply them soundly.
The book under review plays the role of helping to bridge the gap