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Those physicians who are specifically concerned with cardiovascular disease know that there have been many textbooks written to encompass current knowledge in this area. Some have withstood the test of time, others have fallen by the wayside, often because they were the product of individual experience which could not easily be grafted upon. The very stuff of clinical cardiology has not changed grossly in 50 years, and it is a provocative thought that the last edition of Sir James Mackenzie's book on diseases of the heart might provide about as much clinical method as would be needed to conduct a high standard of current cardiologic practice. Going back even further in time, certain cynics would maintain that the same sentiments might be valid if the only cardiology textbook available was that written by James Hope (1831). The point is that modern textbooks are often compendia of so-called scientific facts with
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