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December 16, 1916

Principles of Diagnosis and Treatment in Heart Affections.

JAMA. 1916;LXVII(25):1869-1870. doi:10.1001/jama.1916.02590250071036

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This is a series of lectures prepared for postgraduate students who are assumed to know something of heart disease from clinical experience. The book cannot, therefore, be justly criticized for omissions, for overemphasis placed on certain features, and for a slighting of others which might seem important, nor can we take the author to task for employing a colloquial style and for injecting into his lectures a certain personal element which might be in questionable taste under other circumstances. The local conditions under which these talks were to be given explain and excuse their somewhat discursive fragmentary and familiar character. This familiarity, by the way, is one of the charms of the work. We seem to be listening to the fireside talk of a practitioner of thirty-five or forty years of rich experience, who has been a keen observer of facts, a seeker after new light, one who thinks independently

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