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August 22, 1953

Heart and Circulation: Diagnosis and Treatment.

JAMA. 1953;152(17):1675. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.03690170089038

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This manual on diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease is original in its approach to the subject. The basic concepts of cardiac physiology and pathology and the clinical course and therapy of various syndromes are presented from the author's experience in practical cardiology. This personal experience is also reflected in the subjective tone of the book, which overstresses the value of certain aspects, such as that of the trigger mechanism of cardiac pain, while other important practical problems, like the Adams-Stokes syndrome, are dealt with completely inadequately with regard to mechanism and treatment. Little space is devoted to chronic cor pulmonale, and the author fails to mention the entity of acute nonspecific pericarditis, while, on the other hand, mitral surgery is described in minute technical detail. Some of his statements will hardly be approved by experienced cardiologists, e. g., the application of the term myocardosis, the statements about the relative

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