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November 23, 1935

Living Along with Heart Disease

JAMA. 1935;105(21):1711. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760470065035

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The purpose of the author "is to present to the reader a simplified explanation of the various aspects of heart disease, with the ultimate hope of instilling sane optimism in the patient's philosophy of heart disorders." Medical books for the layman are difficult to write, especially if they are intended for the reader who is also a sufferer from the diseases described. This small book, however, will probably do no harm to the cardiac patient who reads it and may interpret heart disease helpfully to certain patients. The discussion includes chapters on the fear of heart disease, the types, "leaky" hearts, myocarditis, hypertension, heart pain, treatment, questions and answers, the philosophy of heart disease, and the physician. It is a good summary of heart disease in general and will give the layman a sound point of view on the whole subject. Unfortunately, heart disease is not a single entity and

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