Historical Background and Book Aim

  • Aldo Clerico
  • Michele Emdin


As early as 1976, in the preface to the first edition of his popular monograph on the physiology of the heart, Arnold M. Katz pointed out:

“...Although it remains fashionable to consider the heart as a muscular pump, this organ is much more than a hollow viscus that provides mechanical energy to propel blood through the vasculature. It is an intricate biological machine that contains, within each cell, a complex of control and effector mechanisms...” [1].


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Aldo Clerico
    • 1
  • Michele Emdin
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratory of Cardiovascular Endocrinology and Cell Biology, CNR Institute of Clinical PhysiologyG Pasquinucci HospitalItaly
  2. 2.Cardiovascular Medicine DepartmentCNR Institute of Clinical PhysiologyPisa

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