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October 19, 1994

The History of Cardiology

Author Affiliations

Emory University School of Medicine Atlanta, Ga

JAMA. 1994;272(15):1222. doi:10.1001/jama.1994.03520150096048

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The author, Louis J. Acierno, MD, and the publisher, Parthenon Publishing, have created a 758-page book on the history of cardiology that not only is beautiful but contributes significantly to the medical literature.

I always read the preface or introduction because a book should be judged, in part at least, in the light of the goals the author sets forth for it. It is here, too, that the author indicates how and why the book is organized as it is and states who he believes should be interested in its content.

I was impressed with Acierno's introduction because he gives the framework in which the book was conceived. He wants his work to be distinguished from the "many admirable publications concerning the history of cardiology" by "utilizing a matrix consisting of anatomical, pathological, physiological, and pathophysiological components." His reader does not need scientific background and might well be "that individual

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