May 1959

Heart Attack: New Hope, New Knowledge, New Life.

Author Affiliations

By Myron Prinzmetal, M.D., and William Winter, Patient. Price, $3.50. Pp. 232, with no illustrations. Simon and Schuster, Inc., 136 W. 52d St., New York 19, 1958.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1959;103(5):843-844. doi:10.1001/archinte.1959.00270050165031

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There is a flood of books about various diseases written for the instruction or comfort of the man at large. The layman or the patient may be expected to improve his mind or, oftener, to learn something of his own suspected or real medical problem. Many of these books serve a useful purpose, but their authors are confronted with the danger of oversimplification on the one hand or of explaining matters of irreducible complexity in terms that will make any sense to the nontechnically trained person. A negative aspect of many books for the layman is that they lead in the direction of neurosis. Some encourage too much of a devil-may-care, do-it-yourself attitude, which may cause trouble by causing the neglect of proper treatment. In an effort to circumvent some of these difficulties, Prinzmetal got help from a writer and television commentator, William Winter, who himself had suffered from a

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