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October 13, 1934

That Heart of Yours

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By S. Calvin Smith, M.D., Sc.D. Cloth. Price, $2. Pp. 212, with 6 illustrations. Philadelphia & London: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1934.

JAMA. 1934;103(15):1177. doi:10.1001/jama.1934.02750410067032

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The increasing number of persons dying yearly from heart disease caused the medical profession to focus its attention on prevention. In an effort to reduce the morbidity and mortality, facts concerning the necessity of rest, prevention of infection and avoidance of strain were stressed to the public. While this type of education played an important part in the reduction of active heart disease, it raised a feeling of apprehension in some individuals. The profession has appreciated this. In a recent book the English cardiologist Sir Thomas Lewis devotes a section to the manner in which the physician should speak to his cardiac patient about his illness. Truth is the first essential, but it should be accompanied by encouragement and optimism. That, in substance, is the keynote of this book. The author has attempted to amplify and supplement the information the physician usually gives his heart patient. The book is clearly

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