Research in atherosclerosis comes from such diverse disciplines and accumulates so rapidly in bulk, that neither clinicians nor research workers can easily keep abreast of modern concepts. No longer can one consider etiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis, and treatment simply, but we are obliged to look critically into the sources of these concepts in histochemistry, biochemistry, biophysics, endocrinology, epidemiology, pharmacology, electrophysiology, dietetics, allergy, and both microscopic and submicroscopic morphology.
Often it seems too much for man to master; yet, master it we must. Atherosclerosis and its complications carry half of the 1,852,000 US citizens who pass from life into death each year across the abyss. Schettler and Boyd have edited a timely encyclopedic presentation of current concepts held in Germany, Switzerland, Hungary, Scotland, and the United States. I have found no other book that covers the topic so broadly and yet unites the common goals of clinician and research worker.