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November 1968

The Innocent Murmur: A Problem in Clinical Practice.

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Portland, Me


Edited by Cesar A. Caceres, MD, and Lowell W. Perry, MD. Price, $13.50. Pp 288, with 32 illustrations. Little, Brown & Co., 34 Beacon St, Boston 02106, 1967.

Am J Dis Child. 1968;116(5):568. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1968.02100020572030

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The editors, in conjunction with a panel of experts, have attempted to lay a cornerstone on which can be built a more complete understanding of innocent murmurs. The text reviews the history, explores present knowledge, and plots future potential avenues to be followed in the understanding of innocent murmurs. There is a certain amount of historical trivia, such as the listing of some 121 synonyms for the innocent murmur, which the reader may find tedious. There are rather lengthy and sometimes contradictory panel discussions of various aspects of innocent murmurs which may serve to confuse rather than edify, but the text is designed to explore the innocent murmur both historically and as a current clinical problem and, as such, these portions of the book are appropriate.

There are nine chapters devoted to discussion and description of the various recognized innocent murmurs as well as other miscellaneous sounds arising from the

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