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The aim of this work is to separate more sharply than has heretofore been done the question of the nature of the alternating heart from its manifestations and its mechanism. The underlying cause, the author declares, is chemical or physicochemical. He recognizes the difficulties of conclusively proving this theory, but he has ventured to set forth his views in the hope that by so doing the way may be pointed out for further investigations along this line. Such investigations, he believes, will throw light also on the real nature of normal functions of the heart and will help solve the problem of heart weakness. Those interested in a review of the various theories concerning the alternating pulse, with stress laid on the biochemical aspects, will wish to study this volume. With it and the monograph of Gravier (1914) and the later one of Poumailloux (1930) the reader may be sure
Ergebnisse der Kreislaufforschung: Monographien aus dem Gebiete beschreibender, experimenteller und klinischer Kreislaufforschung.. JAMA. 1932;98(18):1591. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730440071035