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As noted in the review of the first edition, this book does not deal with laboratory diagnosis. It is strictly clinical, and the "modern methods" are not the methods of the laboratory but of thought and approach. Laboratory investigation and clinical observation have greatly clarified and simplified our knowledge of heart disease, and it is this modern view and its application to the daily work of the practitioner with which the volume deals. In this edition a chapter on blood pressure has been added characterized by the same sound sense that distinguishes the entire text. It is still to be regretted that there is not a section devoted to the influence of infection, not only in the etiology but also in the diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of heart disease. The author, in commenting on this omission in the introduction, states that his work among pensioners has given him too little
Modern Methods in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Heart Disease.. JAMA. 1926;87(7):514. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680070060040