It was with considerable surprise and delight that I encountered the third edition of the late Paul Wood's wonderful book. Years ago as a lateblooming resident in cardiology (1956), I became a rapt disciple of Wood, Freidberg, and Nadas (among others). Yet, I found myself reaching for the new second edition of Diseases of the Heart and Circulation with slightly greater frequency than the others. Perhaps it was ease of syntax or handiness of the book, but soon it became a well-thumbed, dogeared friend. There are many magnificent tomes in cardiology (perhaps more and better than any other specialty in medicine), but even in this elite company, Paul Wood's book enjoys a special place of honor.
I opened the third edition with some trepidation since I feared the crisp, articulate prose of the master might have been diluted in the crush of multiple authorship and editorship (24 distinguished "friends and