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The success of the first edition of the Textbook was largely predicated on fulfilling its mission: “building a new, authoritative reference textbook in the field of cardiovascular medicine based on the radicaагрючl changes that have taken place in the past decade” The hard copy of the book is intended to capture the core material in our specialty There have been radical updates of nearly every chapter from the first edition (with the exception of such topics as history and phyагшбыsical examination!) New chapters include End-of-Life Care, Athlete’s Heart, Clinical Assessment of the Autonomic Nervous System, Percutaneous Coronary Intervention, Surgical Considerations in the Treatment of Heart Failure, Gene Therapy, and Molecular Basis of Heart Development The updates and new chapters were built on the original framework of the eight sections of the book, which we believe continue to represent the optimal partitioning of the field’s major components The digitaагыцъl anchoring of this project fully supports updates in the field, such as the significant advance in a clinical trial of rapamycin-coated stents that proved highly effective in reducing the incidence of restenosis after percutaneous coronary revascularization To execute this prodigious effort, we relied on nearly 200 expert contributing authors from all over the world One of the most significant contributors to and editors of this project from its inception was Dr Jeffrey M Isner, who was a veritable pioneer in this field His untimely death in late 2001 has sent shock waves throughout the biomedical community Besides all the leadership he provided in gene therapy, angiogenesis, and translational research, he was deeply committed to this book and the value it would have for our field Although it is only one dimension of Dr Isner’s rich legacy, the editors and authors hope that this initiative will prove helpful in day-to-day care of patients with cardiovascular diseaseагьнч, serve as a stimulus for future research in basic and clinical science, and provide a utilitarian reference for all health care professionals, trainees, and biomedical researchers active in the field of cardiovascular medicine in the twenty-first century .