This monograph represents the proceedings of the most recent Basic Science Symposium of the New York Heart Association. The symposium consisted of 13 original presentations of papers by workers in the field, arranged in four sessions: contractile process in micromolecules; contractile process in striated muscle; comparative aspects of muscular contraction; and contractile process in nonmuscular systems. Each session was introduced by its chairman and each presentation was followed by a discussion.
The reader of the Archives, a clinician, will find little of interest in this volume. The modern cardiologist is expected to be familiar with the basic aspects of myocardial contraction and should keep up with recent advances in the biochemical and electron-microscopic investigations of the myocardial fiber. But briefer reviews, written especially for audiences other than workers in the field, are much more suitable reading matter than this highly specialized monograph.