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February 21, 1925

Les troubles fonctionnels du cœur. Sémiologie et thérapeutique.

JAMA. 1925;84(8):619. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02660340057035

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The author in his first chapter briefly reviews the anatomy and physiology of the heart. He then discusses the ordinary methods of physical examination and the use of instruments of precision, such as the sphygmomanometer, the polygraph, the electrocardiograph and the roentgen ray. Under the caption of functional disturbances he deals with the various types of arrhythmia, with cardiac insufficiency and with angina pectoris. A brief consideration of methods of testing the heart as to the functioning capacity of its nervous, conducting and muscular systems is followed by a long chapter devoted to a pharmacologic study of cardiac drugs, and a shorter one relating to the treatment of the functional troubles of the heart. Criticism might easily be made as to the wisdom of including certain topics in a book with the given title, while omitting others. One might question, also, whether some topics, such as the pharmacologic study, had

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