November 1966

The Heart: Its Function in Health and Disease.

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By Arthur Seltzer, MD. Price, $5.95. Pp 301, with 30 illustrations. University of California Press, 2223 Fulton St, Berkeley, Calif, 1966.

Arch Intern Med. 1966;118(5):523. doi:10.1001/archinte.1966.00290170111049

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This is an excellent book. It summarizes briefly and clearly the structure and function of the normal heart, the methods of diagnosis and treatment of heart disease, the mechanism of heart failure, the common abnormalities of rhythm, and the principal forms of disorders of the heart and blood vessels. A remarkable amount of information has been packed into this small volume. In the foreword and preface it is stated that the book is intended for the serious reader who does not possess a medical background. If there are lay readers who are sufficiently interested in the scientific aspects of heart disease as to be concerned about such matters as depolarization and repolarization in the genesis of the electrocardiogram, about the hypotheses regarding the cause of shock in acute myocardial infarction, about the Goldblatt clamp and its bearing on the mechanism of hypertension, and about the pathophysiology of the tetralogy of

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