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Books, Journals, New Media
April 23/30, 2003

Heart Disease, History

JAMA. 2003;289(16):2144. doi:10.1001/jama.289.16.2144-a

Cardiologist Allen Weisse's book is a valuable addition to literature of the history of modern cardiology and cardiac surgery. It includes interviews with 16 physicians, surgeons, and medical scientists who made major contributions to various cardiovascular fields during the second half of the 20th century. Each interviewee had an impact, as a result of his or her discoveries, inventions, and innovations, on the way heart patients were evaluated and treated.

Weisse is very knowledgeable about the history of modern cardiology and cardiovascular surgery, and his interviews reflect this sophistication. He tends to focus on the subject's main professional contributions, but he also frames their achievements in a larger social and intellectual context. The book is organized chronologically, based on when his subjects made their most important or best known contributions.

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