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August 21, 1972

Therapy in Acute Coronary Care

Author Affiliations

Albany Medical College Albany, NY

JAMA. 1972;221(8):920. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03200210064032

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This manual, in paperback format, is a well-intentioned and serious attempt to improve therapy in acute coronary care. However, it begins with two strikes against it. The first is the belief that a writer can compile a basic outline of such therapy from numerous reference sources in the medical literature, without integrating them skillfully and judiciously into the text. Were this true, computers could grind out books, and experienced authors would become obsolete! The second strike is the attempt to present in outline form large amounts of data requiring judgment and selection by the user. The background information so essential for understanding the origin and prevention of the complications must be obtained from the 273 references to the medical literature or from better written books. As a result, this book fails to present sufficient clinical judgment on which a reader may base therapy, and becomes a superficial compilation of therapeutics,