August 1946

Los Problemas del Cardiaco.

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By J. M. Hoyos, M.D. Price unknown. Pp. 153. México, D. F.: Revista de Medicina y Ciencias Afines, 1945.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1946;78(2):253. doi:10.1001/archinte.1946.00220020131011

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Dr. Meneses Hoyos wrote this book with a single purpose: to disentangle the patient with cardiac disease from the web of prejudices and legends in which he lives, which perhaps contribute as much as the disease itself to the undermining of his spiritual strength and to the embitterment of his life. The book was written primarily for the general practitioner; yet its simple, clear, concise style will appeal as well to the specialist, the student and even the layman interested in medical literature.

Each chapter discusses a common and erroneous concept of heart disease without minimizing the germ of truth behind it. Nevertheless, fallacies are pointed out sharply in a simple and understandable manner through the judicious use of technical information.

The book begins with a discussion of the factors of inheritance in heart disease. This is followed by a section on prognosis of the cardiopathies, with emphasis on the

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