February 1950

Digitalis and Other Cardiotonic Drugs.

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By Eli Rodin Movitt. Second edition. Price, $5.75. Pp. 245, with 18 illustrations. Oxford University Press, Amen House, Warwick Sq., London, E.C.4, and 114 Fifth Ave., New York 11, 1949.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1950;85(2):360. doi:10.1001/archinte.1950.00230080164014

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This brief and concise monograph is a revised edition of the original, which appeared in 1946. This volume is larger by 53 pages. Additional material pertaining to the newer concepts of cardiac failure is added. The book also contains seven new charts and a slightly larger bibliography. Other than for these additions it is unchanged.

Dr. Movitt discusses in detail the various preparations of digitalis now available. He stresses the superiority of the purified glycosides over the preparation of the whole leaf. He appears to be an enthusiastic adherent to the single dose technic of digitalization and modestly warns of the dangerous consequences resulting from toxic doses of these drugs.

The volume nicely summarizes the historical and pharmacologic action of the cardiotonic drugs. It is well illustrated with charts and tables.

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