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June 13, 1966

The Heart: Its Function in Health and Disease

JAMA. 1966;196(11):1029. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100240163063

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Managing Your Coronary  by William A. Brams, ed 3; 175 pp, with illustrations by Hertha Furth, $3.75, Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Co., 1966.In his preface to The Heart, Dr. Selzer states, "It is hoped that this book will fill the gap between 'popular' publications and books written for those with a medical background." He acomplishes just that. The book is written lucidly and presents a good survey of heart function and heart disease as it exists in 1966.The format is standard. Beginning with a brief history of the development of knowledge related to the heart, Dr. Selzer describes the normal heart and blood vessels, and discusses the medical history, physical examination, and laboratory procedures. He then considers heart disease—including heart failure, alterations of rhythm, acute heart disease, coronary disease, hypertension, valve disease, congenital heart disease, pulmonary circulation, and diseases of the blood vessels. The author appends an excellent

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