Edited by Robert L. Levy, M.D. Price, $12. Pp. 944, with illustrations. Thos. Nelson & Sons, 385 Madison Ave., New York 17 [medical book-publishing business purchased by Williams & Wilkins Company, Mount Royal and Guilford Aves., Baltimore 2], 1949-1951.
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This recent addition to the literature on cardiovascular diseases is a compilation of 34 monographs which originally appeared in "Nelson's Loose-Leaf Medicine."
The 41 distinguished authors have done a thorough and well-integrated job in presenting their subject matter to the reader. One may refer to the volume with confidence that any clinically important topic concerning the heart or blood vessels will be dealt with in a scholarly manner.
However, the book cannot be considered a ready clinical guide for the busy practitioner. It is not easy reading in many places, and its details on the history of heart disease, etiology, pathology, and physiology definitely make it a reference tome.
The chapters concerning physiology of congenital heart disease, electrocardiography, rheumatic heart disease, and the carotid sinus syndrome are especially interesting.
The editor in his treatment of coronary insufficiency does not, to the reviewer's mind, state the case for and against exercise-tolerance
Disorders of the Heart and Circulation.. AMA Arch Intern Med. 1952;90(1):136. doi:10.1001/archinte.1952.00240070142035