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February 22, 1941

Management of the Cardiac Patient

JAMA. 1941;116(8):797. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820080137032

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The principle of presenting cases for illustration in the management of a cardiac patient, although not new, is an excellent one, particularly for undergraduate students and for the practitioner who has not had time to keep abreast of modern cardiac therapy. Unfortunately, this book lacks clarity and direction and there is too much of inadequately given methods for diagnosis and diagnostic procedures rather than remaining firmly within the bounds of its title. Although the material presented in a great many instances is excellent, it is poorly arranged. For example, separate chapters listing angina pectoris, coronary sclerosis and thrombosis and the senile heart should all come under management of coronary sclerosis. The cases given for illustration are in many instances much too incomplete and sketchy and do not present a clear vivid picture of either the disease illustrated or the management. There has been little attempt to explain or rationalize therapeutic

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