Harrison and Reeves have combined their capabilities as clinician and physiologist in this text on ischemic heart disease. The result has been a desirable one, for almost every aspect of ischemic heart disease is well covered in the book.
The literary style of the clinician (Harrison) is enjoyable to read and freshens a potentially arid topic with idealized conversations between doctor and patient, with fatherly reminders to regard the patient as a human, and with belletristic quotes. Harrison's status as an authority on ischemic heart disease is derived in great part from his years of experience with this disease, and he relates the epitome of these experiences in this book.
Since physiology gives little room for gracious literary styling, the chapters by Reeves are more formal. This does not mean they communicate less. Indeed, Reeves' coverage of the pathophysiology of ischemic heart disease is quite complete, well presented, and very