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April 24, 1937

Diseases of the Coronary Arteries and Cardiac Pain

JAMA. 1937;108(17):1460. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780170078031

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This is in reality a series of short reviews by noted American authorities on various aspects of this important medical problem. As the editor explains, the various chapters are wholly the views of the individual contributors, and consequently it is not surprising to find conflicting opinions expressed. This book is after all a survey of the present status of a field that is still new and constantly changing. Nevertheless, the careful student will find the book of inestimable value, since the survey of each particular phase is by a recognized authority in the field. That these reviews are admittedly biased when dealing with the borderlines of knowledge is a favorable rather than an unfavorable aspect of the book. Knowledge cannot be dissociated from personalities, and it is much more illuminating to know the point of view of an authority actively at work in a field than a more noncommittal assay

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