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June 16, 1962

Hemodynamics of Aortic and Mitral Valve Disease

JAMA. 1962;180(11):989. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050240085028

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This slim volume summarizes the experience of the cardiac catheterization team of the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City with the transbronchial study of aortic and mitral valve lesions. The transbronchial technique may ultimately be mainly of historical interest if, as the authors hint, alternate approaches to chambers of the left heart replace it. But the data obtained and beautifully presented are of lasting interest in the study of mitral and aortic disease. Other weightier volumes have dealt with the same material and failed to convey half the information given in the present monograph. One outstanding feature is the wealth of reproductions of pressure pulses in the cardiovascular system. All but 2 of the approximately 90 pressure pulse figures are original photokymographic tracings. The 2 diagrams clarify material which is also presented in originals. In most instances the electrocardiogram and 1 or 2 phonocardiographic channels were recorded simultaneously with

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