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August 14, 1926

Les médicaments cardiaques.

JAMA. 1926;87(7):513. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680070059034

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In this rather small volume the author has attempted an account of the known cardiac remedies, their mode of action, indications and contraindications, methods of administration and doses. As is inevitable when so much ground is to be. covered, there is frequently a lack of sufficient detail. Digitalis and strophanthus are covered quite fully, as is due to their position of importance. More attention is paid to the crystalline form of digitalis than in American textbooks, and to strophanthus and ouabain. It is this difference in point of view here and elsewhere, whether agreed with or not, that makes the book of value to American and English readers. Many of the remedies described are little used, or have been discarded in this country. Caffeine receives little attention and the other purine-body diuretics none, in spite of their known pharmacologic value in heart disease. Comparatively little attention is paid to much

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