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March 2, 1940

Failure of the Circulation

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By Tinsley Randolph Harrison, M.D., Associate Professor of Medicine, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tennessee. Second edition. Cloth. Price, $4.50. Pp. 502, with 61 illustrations. Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins Company, 1939.

JAMA. 1940;114(9):825. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810090103032

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Abstract

This edition is considerably longer than the initial one chiefly because it includes an extensive section on angina pectoris covering about seventy pages. The author emphasizes the importance of sudden death when the myocardium is in need of oxygen. He refers to experimental work of several authors regarding the production of ventricular fibrillation by anoxia. Harrison condemns such diagnoses as pseudo-angina. In the remainder of the book the general pattern of the first edition is followed. Much of the material comes from earlier papers of the author and his associates. This section contains sound descriptions of the origin of the cardinal symptoms of congestive heart failure, dyspnea and edema. Harrison champions the "backward failure" theory advanced by James Hope a century ago. The evidence presented seems to justify this contention. The entire book is well documented with more recent references. There is an index. The chief merit of both editions

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