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March 10, 1923

Diseases of the Heart. A Handbook for Students and Practitioners.

JAMA. 1923;80(10):719. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02640370055032

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This book is supposed to give a complete account of the diseases of the heart, and it was written for the student and the practitioner. The author did not in either of these respects carry out his intentions. The book is far from being, even in an abbreviated form, a complete presentation of our present knowledge of the subject. Many essentials are omitted: the discussion of chronic adhesive pericarditis may be cited as an example. No mention is made of the marked increase in the size of the heart, or of the perihepatitis with the associated ascites that is so often the outstanding feature in those patients in whom the condition is diagnosed during life. The author is not always in accord with recognized authorities on points generally accepted. Adam-Stokes syndrome is not considered under the subject of heart block. The mechanism of this disorder is explained on the basis

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