April 10, 1920

Heart: Past and Present.

JAMA. 1920;74(15):1043. doi:10.1001/jama.1920.02620150051032

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This is a readable collection of thoughtful essays on heart disease. Nearly a third of the book is devoted to a historical review of cardiology. The development of various views concerning the heart, from the time of Harvey to the present, is briefly set forth by one who is evidently conversant with the subject and who has read and studied Corvisart, Laënnec, Stokes and others, not alone because he thus acquired an important background of knowledge but because he has the pure delight of the bibliophile in reading the authors of the past. Possibly the still fresh war memories may account for the omission of some German and Austrian names like those of Virchow and Skoda, for example; we are sure it is not lack of knowledge. The present status of cardiology is clearly set forth and there is a systematic discussion of the problems that confront us today. Emphasis

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