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March 4, 1961

Missbildungen des menschlichen Herzens: Entwicklungsgeschichte und Pathologie—

JAMA. 1961;175(9):829. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040090089042

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In his foreword, the author admits that when first assigned to this subject he was dismayed at working in what seemed then to be an unproductive field. With increasing knowledge, however, he succumbed to the fascination of the subject. The result is a first-rate contribution toward the solution of difficult problems. The first part of the book is concerned with the fundamentals of normal development of the human heart. The author's beliefs are presented in detail. The effect of exogenous factors such as anoxia, as shown by Warkany and others, fits appropriately into the framework of his findings. The second part considers malformations, and is based on the author's classification. Complementing and enhancing the excellence of the text are the wonderfully vivid illustrations by Ingrid Schaumburg.

This is a book for the practicing cardiologist who may not be interested in the genetic and anatomic details of the first part, but

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