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January 4, 1936

The Diagnosis and Treatment of Diseases of the Heart

JAMA. 1936;106(1):70. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770010072036

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The appearance of Christian's section in the Oxford Monographs as a separate volume is a sign of its well deserved popularity. The author has brought many of the chapters down to date and has added a section summarizing the physiologic mechanisms responsible for syncope and collapse, which might be mistaken for the Adams-Stokes syndrome. While intended primarily for the internist familiar with heart disease, this book is to be highly recommended to all medical readers for the sound advice it contains. It represents the results of a large experience, judiciously handled by a mature clinician, expressed in simple language. It illustrates the transition from the purely morphologic to the functional view now taking place in the field of diseases of the heart. While the author is not always in agreement with the views held by the majority of authorities in this field, his views are always challenging. The book will

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