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January 7, 1933

The Failing Heart of Middle Life: The Myocardosis Syndrome, Coronary Thrombosis, and Angina Pectoris, With a Section Upon the Medico-Legal Aspects of Sudden Death from Heart Disease.

JAMA. 1933;100(1):63. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740010063033

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The theme of this work is set forth in the preface by David Riesman. It is to remove the inferiority complex of the general practitioner and to restore his confidence in his ability to recognize and treat the great majority of all ailments that come under the category of the title. This laudable purpose has been in large measure fulfilled. In an easily understood manner the essential facts are set forth. The style is simple, often familiar. Even a good story with a touch of humor is here and there used to illustrate a point. A little redundancy and floridness of style may be pardoned if, as here, interest is kept up and the page not permitted to drag. Numerous illustrations add to the value of the book. Some, such as the frontispiece, might be criticized as diagrammatic rather than true to life. There is a full bibliography and a

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