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November 17, 1934

Practical Talks on Heart Disease

JAMA. 1934;103(20):1564. doi:10.1001/jama.1934.02750460068031

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There can be no doubt that there is a real need for a book presenting in simple fashion the practical aspects of heart disease. Such simplicity is fraught with the risk of presenting the subject dogmatically and at times inaccurately. This is the most serious defect in the present volume. This book is not so well suited for the general practitioner getting his first knowledge of the modern aspects of heart disease as for the well versed general practitioner, the internist and even the "embryo" cardiologist. The book presupposes a working knowledge of heart disease. One cannot learn about heart disease solely from reading the book. Its chief asset is the attempt of the author to point out a few of the more important errors commonly made in considering diseases of the heart. This is done in vivid and homely language. The text would have been greatly improved had greater

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