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February 10, 1912

The Mechanism of the Heart-Beat. With Especial Reference to Its Clinical Pathology.

JAMA. 1912;LVIII(6):434. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260020118032

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The rapid advances in our knowledge of the clinical pathology of the heart have made it nearly impossible for the general reader to keep pace with the progress. He is disheartened in his attempts to understand the mechanism of the polygraph or of the string galvanometer and is bewildered as he tries to interpret their hieroglyphic tracings, To one desirous of gaining an insight into this recent knowledge, this book will be most welcome, for it is written by one whose thorough mastery of the clinical and experimental features enables him to write with authority and to select from a full mind what is proper for presentation and to omit the unsuitable. This we regard as one of the most, praiseworthy charnel characteristics of the book—that it presents tbe essentials and the facts concerning which there is little or no controversy and omits non-essential details and questions that are slill in an unsettled state. The style is remarkably direct and simple; problems that are involved and intricate become clear and intelligible under the author's logical and lucid explanations. He is a firm believer in I he value of the instrumental study of the heart as an aid

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