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January 21, 1950

The Chest and the Heart. Section I: The Chest

JAMA. 1950;142(3):215. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910210071030

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This work is a slight departure from the usual procedure in the field of chest diseases. Although there has been a strong trend recently, it is the first time the chest as a whole has been dealt with in one treatise. It has become obvious to internists and surgeons that structures so closely related in position and function as the heart and lung should not be fenced off entirely in water-tight compartments. The only problem is the method by which the fusion is accomplished.

Without equivocation, it may be proclaimed that the authors have achieved an outstanding success. On the whole, the work is well written, interesting to read, instructive and generally correct in its factual data.

The book was written by the two principal authors and sixty-one collaborators. Dr. Myers himself contributed over 400 pages. Volume I consists of about 1,000 pages and contains most of the material pertaining

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