This book, edited and chiefly written by Fowler, has a format welldesigned for clarity, and its printing is superior. It largely avoids the faults of "missed areas" or overlap which can mar a comprehensive and integrated coverage of a single field when there is multiple chapter authorship. His eight collaborators actually contribute only seven of the 41 chapters.
The purpose of the book, as stated by Fowler, is to serve as "a practical diagnostic aid for the general practitioner and internist and not an exploration in depth of the background of cardiology." W. C. Hurst's foreword describes the structure of the publication as a correlation of the standard clinical diagnostic tools of history and physical examination, with the data acquired by current, sophisticated physiologic, biochemical, and pathologic techniques.
Chapter headings include the following: (1) diagnostic techniques, such as auscultation, cardiac catheterization, and angiography; (2) functional and anatomic defects, such as