The second edition of Mendel's book updated and expanded, retains the excellent readability of the 1968 Practice of Cardiac Catheterisation. Though four additional authors contributed, this book could be the work of one man, with its uniformity of style and philosophy. It is apparent that not only is the British language different from American, but the applied philosophy and the vantage point from which cardiology develops are viewed are also somewhat different from more local offerings.
There are truly detailed, sometimes excessively, sections in this book. The overall impression is that of a well-thought-out presentation of basic catheterization methods and techniques, many of considerable value in the training of cardiology fellows and technicians. This volume is required reading for teachers of catheterization laboratory personnel. It is highly recommended for trainees and practitioners of cardiac catheterization.