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May 28, 1927

Diseases of the Heart: Their Diagnosis, Prognosis, and Treatment by Modern Methods.

JAMA. 1927;88(22):1752. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680480062035

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In this monograph, the author, a former associate of the late Sir James Mackenzie, first takes up the anatomy, embryology and physiology of the heart. Next he discusses the physical signs, methods of physical examination and the mechanical aids, including the sphygmomanometer, sphygmograph, polygraph, roentgen ray and electrocardiograph, and the apparatus for the graphic record of heart sounds. Then follows an excellent presentation of heart failure, prognosis and treatment in which all the most recent methods are incorporated. The remainder of the book is taken up by a series of chapters on the functional and organic lesions of the heart and on disordered action of the heart. At the end are excellent chapters on roentgen-ray examination, electrocardiography and anesthetics in heart disease. This is distinctly a book written for the general practitioner rather than for the cardiologist. It is not weighted down with ultra-scientific discussions of the theoretical and academic

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