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Cardiovascular Pathology, 2nd Edition

Weiford, Brian C. MD, Reviewer

Section Editor(s): Dries, David J. Book Review Editor

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Cardiovascular Pathology, 2nd Edition Authors: Renu Virmani, MD; Allen Burke, MD; Andrew Farb, MD; James B. Atkinson, MD, PhD Bibliographic Data: W.B. Saunders Company, 2000. ISBN: 0-7216-8165-4, Series Title: Major Problems in Pathology, v. 40, 541 pp, hard cover, $99.00.

Reviewer's Expert Opinion:


This book on the surgical pathology and autopsy findings of the heart covers the breadth of cardiovascular pathology, including diseases of the aorta and great vessels, and includes many illustrative photographs and figures. The previous edition was published in 1991.


The book focuses on diagnostic autopsy and surgical pathology of the heart, with new emphasis on the many advances in clinical cardiology, such as new coronary and vascular interventions, imaging techniques, advances in heart transplantation, and the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis. The authors attempt to provide a basic overview of cardiac pathology as well as updating surgical pathologists in these major advances in cardiovascular medicine. The authors clearly meet these objectives.


It is mainly aimed at practicing pathologists, according to the authors. The book would clearly be of benefit to residents and students of pathology, as well as clinical cardiologists and trainees in cardiology.


The book provides a review of the major pathologic process of the cardiovascular system, including excellent chapters on coronary heart disease, heart failure, valvular heart disease, and pericardial pathology. The chapters are concise and readable. Although the book focuses on the gross and histopathologic findings in heart disease, many clinical correlations to biopsy and post-mortem findings are made. A limitation is the relatively sparse number of full color photographs (which focus mainly on histologic specimens), particularly with respect to gross pathologic findings.


This is an excellent, highly readable review of the wide scope of cardiac pathology. It would be a welcome addition to the medical library of both the practicing pathologist and the clinical cardiologist. The book also admirably covers many of the advances in clinical and basic science cardiology of the past decade since the first edition and their implications for practicing pathologists.

© 2002 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.