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September 14, 1964

Circulation of the Blood: Men and Ideas

JAMA. 1964;189(11):869. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03070110071034

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A distinguished group of scientists have collaborated with the editors to produce this volume. As a physical entity the book is impressive: massive, well-printed, and illustrated with skill and taste. The content is not so easily characterized. Each author, says the editor, "brings to his essay a lifetime of study in his field of special interest as well as a personal achievement in its more recent advances." This opinion is indisputable. But not all of these men are historians.

The first five essays are concerned with the heart. Cournand writes on "Air and Blood," and Mommaerts on heart muscle; the output of the heart is studied here, as is electrocardiography and the "Coronary Circulation and Cardiac Metabolism."

The second section, on the blood vessels, includes chapters on the capillary circulation, "Vasomotor Control and the Regulation of Blood Pressure," and Pickering's treatment of systemic arterial hypertension. The final group of essays

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