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September 11, 1926

Facts on the Heart.

JAMA. 1926;87(11):871. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680110071037

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This work is unique in that its conclusions are based wholly on the study of cases that came to necropsy. The pathologic material was obtained from 4,000 necropsies performed in the Massachusetts General Hospital from 1896 to 1919. Of these, 1,906 were cases of cardiac disease, and in them, 4,143 lesions were studied. Most of the book is made up of illustrative case reports including history and course, physical and postmortem findings, and discussion, a method of presentation of which Dr. Cabot is a master. Practically all that is given as regards treatment is incorporated in these reports. They will be read with interest and profit notwithstanding the introductory suggestion to concentrate on the opening and closing chapters and the section summaries. The author is convinced that most cases diagnosed heart disease by the physician or suspected by the patient are not genuine heart disease. More than 90 per cent

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