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October 24, 1908

Points of Practice in Maladies of the Heart.

JAMA. 1908;LI(17):1444-1445. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02540170060025

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The title of these three lectures describes their character. Maladies of the heart are not described systematically nor is any one malady discussed with any degree of fulness. The first lecture is devoted to a brief and rather superficial history of our knowledge of heart diseases and methods of investigating them.. In the second the signs elicited by physical examination are commented on. Considerable space is devoted to the visible signs of pericardial adhesiohs and the way of best observing them. Sawyer has seen that those suffering from chronic heart disease with feeble ventricular contractions can hold their breath while lying in bed longer than those in health; and he illustrates how this may be used as a sign or test of weakness of the heart's muscle. In the first part of the third lecture a general classification of heart disorders is described and in the remainder points in the

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