Operations for coronary artery disease constitute the majority of surgery for the treatment of cardiac disease in adults. It is appropriate, therefore, that a concise but informative book covering the whole field should be available. Professor Wheatley of the University of Glasgow, Scotland, has put together such a book. He has assembled a group of distinguished and experienced international authors who have been able to compress their knowledge into a volume of comfortable length and size.
Every aspect of surgery for coronary disease is discussed, and in addition, there are good reviews of anatomy, physiology, pathology, epidemiology, and investigation, including both invasive and noninvasive techniques. Techniques of myocardial protection, the conduct of a bypass operation, the handling of difficult problems and complications, and clinical trials and results all receive adequate emphasis.
The distinctions between cardiac surgeons and cardiologists seem to be fading with the development of new techniques for treating