Coronary angioplasty, 2nd edition

Coronary angioplasty, 2nd edition

207 disease, pericardial disease, aortic aneurysms and dissections and congenital heart disease. UFCT has made a contribution to the understanding of ...

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207 disease, pericardial disease, aortic aneurysms and dissections and congenital heart disease. UFCT has made a contribution to the understanding of cardiac disease. Outside the laboratory however the authors recognise there are limitations on its usage. These include cost and dose. In the monograph only brief reference is made to recent advances in ultrasound and MRI. Those who want to learn about UFCT will find this book informative, most of us will feel it is more appropriate to master these latter techniques. of Medicine Department of Radiology Leicester Royal Infirmary Leicester, UK School

Graham Cherryman Professor of Radiology

Coronary Angioplasty, 2nd Edition D.A. Clark John Wiley and Sons, New York, 1991; 302 pp.; $69.95; ISBN 0-471-56074-x This is one of the more readable books on coronary angioplasty and has been a favourite among newcomers to the technique with its first edition. Changes from the first edition are not particularly noticeable. The author referred to the companion videotape of the case presentations which may or may not be generally available outside the USA. Despite its apparent size this is a fairly short text book, with half of its volume taken up by an appendix of 32 case presentations. I am not sure that this large section does that much for the book although without it the volume would be practically devoid of any illustrations. Despite the authors emphasis that this is a practical guide, the absence of strategically placed line drawings and angiograms is a major drawback. I would like to see a section on angiographic interpretation, which is often a substantial part of a training programme in coronary angioplasty. The section on complications remains very inadequate, with just six pages of text and no illustrations. New technologies, despite their habit of becoming old and discarded by the time of publication (such as the hot laser probe and laser balloon), occupied an unwarrantedly long chapter. Thus this is a good introductory book for coronary angioplasty but falls far short of a book that will act as a reference on the shelf. Walsgrave Hospital Clifford Bridge Road Walsgrave Coventry Warks



Dr. M.F. Shiu Cardiologist

A Colour Atlas of Hypertension, 2nd Edition L.M. Shapiro and M. Buchalter Wolfe, London, 1992; 159 pp.; US$35.00; ISBN 0-7234-1637-O The old adage ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’ underlies much of the success of the Wolfe Medical Atlases. At first sight, hypertension does not appear to be a condition that lends itself easily to such visual illustration. In the vast majority of patients the condition is silent, of unknown aetiology, detectable only through auscultation. Nevertheless in a small proportion of cases there is a secondary cause which is important to recognise for proper management and as we all know the condition can have devastating effects on several target organs. In this updated version of their original atlas, the authors have again comprehensively and beautifully illustrated the various causes and consequences of hypertension. An expanded epidemiology section gives a useful introduction to the subject and a brief section outlines the general principles of treatment. The latest edition, as the previous one, will particularly appeal to clinical students, junior medical staff and nursing staff looking for a broad introduction to hypertension. It is not (and was not intended to be) the book to turn to for detailed descriptions of investigation and management of high blood pressure although hopefully some of the illustrations will tempt readers to delve further into specific topics. It is easily possible to go through the book in two or three untaxing sessions. Given the readership likely to benefit most from the book, the one criticism I have is that some of the illustrations, particularly the microscopic sections, would have been clearer if they had been marked (or been accompanied by line drawings) pointing out the essential features referred to in the text, something the authors should consider for a further edition. In the meantime the present Atlas should at least be available in all clinical libraries. Department of Medicine University of Leicester, Leicester, UK

Dr. N.J. Samani

Low Molecular Weight Heparin T.W. Barrowcliffe, E.A. Johnson and D.P. Thomas Wiley, Chicester, UK, 1992; 209 pp.; f32.50; ISBN o-471-93324-4 The book provides a very detailed account of the biochemistry and background of low molecular weight