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October 28, 1939

Heart Patients: Their Study and Care

JAMA. 1939;113(18):1666-1667. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800430058039

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The author states that the purpose of this volume is to present with clarity and precision all that is useful in the older teachings on impairment of the heart and all that is practical in the maze of modern methods in investigation of the heart. This book is divided into twenty-two chapters dealing with the history and physical examination and the more important forms of cardiac disability. Chapters are also devoted to treating the heart patient rather than treating the heart, what heart patients wish to know and selecting nurses for heart patients. Many of the chapters fall far short of meeting the author's objective. Moreover, there are a number of statements pertaining to important subjects to which serious objections may be taken. Two examples will suffice. The first of these appears in the first paragraph pertaining to electrocardiography, on page 57: "In either indicting a heart or in establishing

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