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October 9, 1937

Physiology and Pathology of the Heart and Blood-Vessels

JAMA. 1937;109(15):1225-1226. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780410063034

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This book is "a study of the hydraulics of the circulation in health and disease and as such lays no claim to the completeness of a textbook." The author attempts to analyze the normal and pathologic relationships of the various parameters of the circulation wherever these could be treated on a purely physical basis. For this purpose various mathematical formulas have been included and applied wherever possible. The author stresses the "genuineness" of the views presented and hence almost no references are given. The text introduces many new terms, such as specific dilatability, systolic and diastolic insufficiencies and force limit, in describing well known cardiodynamic events. These terms, while descriptive, are no particular improvement over those more commonly used. In places, especially in the discussion of venous pressure, on which much stress is laid, the choice of words is confusing and the subject would be much clearer through the substitution

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