The book Foundations of Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback: A Book of Readings, edited by Donald Moss and Fredric Shaffer, is an excellent collection of valuable articles relating to heart rate variability biofeedback (HRVB) demonstrating the advantages of self-regulation and the resulting impact of autonomic dysregulation on human functioning. The book readings highlight both the many leading authors in the field of heart rate variability (HRV)—published between 2008 and 2015—and the knowledge base that has developed related to a broad range of applications with promising therapeutic effects from asthma, depression, hypertension, fibromyalgia, to posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The content is divided into four sections: Section 1: History and Foundations; Section 2: Basic Science and Technology; Section 3: Applications; and Section 4: Professional Issues.

In Section 1 (History and Foundations), Paul Lehrer reviews the history of HRV and identifies the pioneers in the field and the emergence of HRV, first as...

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