January 1938

The Clinical Use of Digitalis.

Author Affiliations

By Drew Luten, M.D., Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, the Washington University School of Medicine, and Physician to the Barnes Hospital, St. Louis. Price, $3.50. Pp. 226. Springfield, Ill.: Charles C. Thomas, Publisher, 1936.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1938;61(1):159-160. doi:10.1001/archinte.1938.00180070164016

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It is the opinion of the reviewer that this book is one of the finest to be found at the present time on the subject of digitalis. It is primarily a study of the drug from the clinical standpoint, and it is a well organized and well written summary of most of the important contributions to the subject during the past ten years. It is not surprising that throughout the book there are frequent delightful references to the history of digitalis and to Withering's cases. The first chapters are concerned with the pharmacologic action of digitalis in its effect on the ventricular muscle and on the conduction tissues, and they lay the background for the now generally accepted opinion that the therapeutic efficiency of digitalis results from the action of the drug on the ventricular muscle and that the improvement in cardiac function takes place not at the expense of

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