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June 7, 1947

What Is Heart Disease: A Handbook for the Heart Patient

JAMA. 1947;134(6):561. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02880230071033

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This small book is written at a mutual intellectual level for the physician and his patient who is afflicted with heart disease. Most busy physicians are unable to afford sufficient time to outline the reasons for medical management of a particular cardiac problem to the complete satisfaction of the patient. This the author attempts to do by first explaining that heart disease does not signify a single rapidly fatal process but that heart disease varies greatly in its gravity, usually has a chronic course and need not be cause for invalidism. The book attempts to aid the patient by first describing the anatomy and the physiology of the normal heart and its amazing ability to endure added effort and handicaps.

The author then discusses the pathology and the abnormal physiology of diseases of coronary vessels, disorders of the heart valves, diseases of the heart muscle and abnormal heart beats. This

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