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April 11, 1931

Clinical Features of Heart Disease: An Interpretation of the Mechanics of Diagnosis for Practitioners.

JAMA. 1931;96(15):1254. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720410064033

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Textbooks on diseases of the heart are becoming so numerous that they are tending to be merely a compilation of data gathered from a number of sources and put together in a sort of standard fashion. Dr. Crummer's book is a pleasing departure from this. The first part of the book has to do with the case history. This important point is treated in great detail. Then follows an excellent treatise on the physical observations. The various disease entities are then taken up together with the disorders of rhythm. A considerable portion of the remainder of the book deals with treatment and there are chapters on the so-called cardiac neuroses and cardiac emergencies. The book is written in such a manner that it is a pleasure to read it. A most pleasing feature is the quotation from older and current writers that precedes each chapter. It is regrettable that the

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