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October 17, 1925

The Action and Uses in Medicine of Digitalis and Its Allies.

JAMA. 1925;85(16):1244-1245. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02670160070030

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Cushny has performed a difficult task with consummate skill and, as he says, no essential paper has escaped attention. This may surprise some whose prolific writings have contributed nothing of permanent value to the subject. The pharmacologist will find an excellent analysis of previous work, and the clinician will find that the conclusions reached are set forth in simple terms. On the other hand, few will find all parts of the monograph of equal interest and some will prefer to omit the first four chapters, which deal mainly with the general characters of members of the digitalis group and their action on the frog's heart. These details are complex, and Cushny says (p. 70) that the subject lacks practical therapeutic interest. A brief summary of the action of digitalis on the frog's heart is given on page 77. The chapter that deals with the action on the mammalian heart is

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