Book Reviews
September 1926

Diseases of the Heart.

Author Affiliations

By Dr. Henri Vaquez, Professor of the Faculty of Medicine of Paris, Physician to L'hospital de la Pitie, Member of the Academy of Medicine (Paris). Translated and edited by George F. Laidlaw, M.D., Associate Physician to the Fifth Avenue Hospital, New York City, Fellow of the Academy of Medicine of New York. Introduction by William S. Thayer, M.D., F.R.C.P.I. (Hon.) Professor Emeritus of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, Visiting Physician to the Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Associate Foreign Member of the Academy of Medicine (Paris). Pp. 743. Philadelphia: W. B. Saunders Company, 1925.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1926;38(3):410-411. doi:10.1001/archinte.1926.00120270133013

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This work is a rather thorough exposition of diseases of the heart and consists largely of the personal views of the author.

The points of especial excellence are the vivid clinical pictures that the author portrays, the section on congenital heart disease, and the discussion of the arrhythmias. Also, in the discussion of electrocardiography the author has succeeded in keeping on safe middle ground, avoiding the Scylla of overoptimism and the equally undesirable Charybdis of total disappointment.

The portion of the book dealing with endocarditis shows a wide divergence of opinion from that entertained today by most British and American cardiologists. The total disregard of the later reports on rheumatic heart disease and streptococcus endocarditis shows that the author has failed to be convinced by these reports.

Some of his statements are surely open to question. It is doubtful if simple benign endocarditis and infectious endocarditis may be as sharply

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