In 1953, S. E. Gould wrote "up to the present time there has been no adequate book embracing the pathology of the heart in the English language." He changed that situation abruptly by the publication of the first edition of his textbook entitled Pathology of the Heart. Since that time this book has become the recognized "encyclopedia" on the heart, essential for the library of every pathologist, cardiologist, and cardiovascular surgeon.
Some comparisons between the three existing editions are of interest. In 1953 there were 13 collaborators; in the second edition in 1960 there were 20; in the current edition there are 34. The first edition had 14 chapters while the second had 19, and the third has 28. Despite this increase in authors and chapters which provides greater breadth and depth the number of pages has increased only from 1,023 to 1,198. Although the print is slightly smaller and