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January 9, 1954

The Heart Beat: Graphic Methods in the Study of the Cardiac Patient

JAMA. 1954;154(2):184. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02940360082029

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Dr. Luisada's long and broad interest in the numerous manifestations of activity of the heart is evident in his present volume, which illustrates the numerous approaches that have been developed, approaches to which he has contributed significantly. The book reviews techniques of recording the cardiogenic vibrations of the thoracic and abdominal walls; venous and intrathoracic pulsations and pressure tracings; pulsations in the aorta, arteries, and veins; radiographic techniques including roentgenkymography and electrokymography; and electrocardiography. It provides an introduction into these fields but unfortunately is often very sketchy. Many different techniques are mentioned and discussed only briefly. While this will not provide satisfaction to the scholar in the field, it will act as an open-sesame to students and others seeking a convenient approach to these topics, some of which are hardly known except to a small group active in the field. The survey of the literature is generally adequate and particularly

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