December 2, 1922

The Causes of Heart Failure.

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By William Henry Robey, Assistant Professor of Medicine in Harvard University. Cloth. Price, $1. Pp. 45. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1922.

JAMA. 1922;79(23):1952-1953. doi:10.1001/jama.1922.02640230062035

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It is difficult to write on a medical subject in a manner that is at the same time scientific and popular. The writer must put himself in the place of the layman, must sense his intellectual needs and supply the knowledge that meets these wants, and no more. Too often, as in this book, scientific facts or technical matters, correct in themselves, are referred to in such a way as to bewilder. What is said in this little volume seems to us true—except the statement that there is one main trunk of the coronary artery. What is needed is a liberal pruning of confusing details, a rewriting of some obscure sentences, and a more intensive stressing of the few important facts that should be firmly fixed in the mind of the lay reader. The statement of the publisher's blurb that heart disease is preventable by early recognition of its causes

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