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March 23, 1963

MEDICAL NEWS

JAMA. 1963;183(12):21-30. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03700120005002

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Abstract

'Cardiology Is Fashionable'  There are few branches of medicine as agreeable to disagreement as cardiology—where research and clinical application coexist comfortably, as do academicians and practitioners; where opinions are wide enough apart to whet the temper in debate; where new theories and experimental results may be hooted one day and admired the next."Cardiology is fashionable," observed Paul Dudley White, a veteran of "the early years around 1920 when cardiology was scorned by teachers and practitioners."Thus when 2,750 cardiologists and other specialists with a fondness for cardiology check into a Los Angeles hotel for a four-day meeting, it is inevitable that the conversation will range from statistical reports through case histories to forecasts of future developments and philosophical observations on man and the muscle/pump that keeps him alive— or that kills him.From February 28 to March 3, the American College of Cardiology provided the rostrum for heatedly-debated discussions

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