March 1957

Virus Diseases and the Cardiovascular System.

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By Ernest Lyon, M.D. Price, $5.75. Pp. 215, with 1 illustration. Grune & Stratton, Inc., 381 Fourth Ave., New York 16; 99 Great Russell St., London, W. C. 1, 1956.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1957;99(3):494-495. doi:10.1001/archinte.1957.00260030176023

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An attempt has been made to catalogue the clinical histological electrocardiographic, biochemical, and physiological changes found in the heart in viral diseases. The author points out that the more frequent use of electrocardiographic investigation and autopsy examination has lead to the appreciation of the part played by myocarditis in a subclinical form in a variety of diseases, such as mumps, polio, and influenza.

It is probably premature to publish a book on this subject, as so far only a small body of knowledge has been gathered. The book is difficult to read, as the style suggests that the text has been dictated from filing cards without any attempt to edit the presentation. The paragraphs read "Bland reported," "Elkan reported," "According to Farber and Wolbach," "Ribbert first found," etc. One must complain about the use of the words transstomachal in place of oral; "hypalbuminosis in the spinal fluid," and myocardosis. Space

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