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July 25, 1953

Lehrbuch der Krankheiten des Herzens und der Blutstrombahn.

JAMA. 1953;152(13):1285. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.03690130101038

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This new German textbook on cardiovascular diseases is a revival of Romberg's book, for many years considered the leading European monograph on the subject. It is printed on good paper and illustrated by many charts, diagrams, roentgenograms, and electrocardiograms, all of excellent technical quality. The text is easily read, is well organized, and contains an ample bibliography. The initial chapter deals with general principles and the anatomy and physiology of the heart and is followed by a section on physical and laboratory diagnosis. There is a systematic and complete description of acquired and congenital heart diseases, including therapy, and there is a similar discussion of diseases of the peripheral vessels. A few confusing mistakes that need correction are: mounting and labelling in figure 127; misinterpretations of electrocardiograms in figure 91 b, page 122; inadequate legends to figures 135 and 136; and conflicting statements concerning the effect of digitalis on coronary

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