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January 19, 1929

The Heart in Modern Practice, Diagnosis and Treatment.

JAMA. 1929;92(3):257. doi:10.1001/jama.1929.02700290067038

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It is not clear whether this book has been written for the general practitioner or for the undergraduate. In either case it does not seem to meet the needs. The practitioner will miss the refinements of diagnosis and the discussion of minute details that help him in some perplexing case. The undergraduate will too often find his facts scattered in various chapters, which facts, even when brought together, give him but a meager outline of the subject he is studying. An illustration in part is the discussion of valvular disease. Except as regards mitral stenosis there is no clear picture presented. This incompleteness is seen in the handling of other topics, such as angina pectoris, myocardial infarcts, and heart failure. There is often, also, not only a looseness of statement but actual inaccuracy. It is not to be implied that the book is without merit. It has many good features.

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