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August 6, 1927

THE TREATMENT OF HEART DISEASE OTHER THAN BY DRUGS

JAMA. 1927;89(6):436-439. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690060016006
Abstract

Often the most important effects in the treatment of heart disease are through agents other than drugs. Rest and recreation, both physical and mental, exercise in proper amounts, climate, diet, physical therapy, psychotherapy, venesection and surgical intervention come into consideration, though at times brief, in the discussion of the subject.

REST AND RECREATION  Most important of all are rest and recreation, applicable in some degree at least to almost every cardiac patient. Although rest is occasionally abused by being carried out too long or too completely, it is generally not sufficiently employed. Sometimes a certain amount of freedom of choice must be left to the patient, as to how much he should rest, after full explanation of his physical condition has been given him, provided he is an intelligent and reasonable individual, provided his family is protected and acquiescent, and provided his associates and the public are not likely to

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