June 1955

Atlas of Congenital Cardiac Disease.

Author Affiliations

By Maude E. Abbott, M.D. Price, $5.00. Pp. 62. American Heart Association, Inc., 44 East 23d St., New York 10, 1954.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1955;95(6):875. doi:10.1001/archinte.1955.00250120111020

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This atlas is an exact reproduction of this classic work, which was first published in 1936, by the American Heart Association. The present issue is a limited edition of 1,500 numbered copies.

When compared to such recent works as that of Edwards and his associates, this atlas cannot be recommended as the most satisfactory current reference source. It remains, however, as a monument to the great work of the late Maude Abbott (1869-1940). Her remarkable ability bridged the gap between the previous unsystematic descriptive knowledge of congenital defects of the heart and the present understanding of the physiologic significance of these defects. Her work is a milestone in the development of the methods of precise diagnosis and dramatic surgical procedures which exist today.

This atlas is not without practical value. Its descriptions and plates are accurate. The table of statistics of congenital cardiac disease collected by analysis of 1,000 cases

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