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September 10, 1927

The Heart and Its Diseases. A Handbook for Students and Practitioners.

JAMA. 1927;89(11):904. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690110068038

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The author has attempted the impossible task of covering an immense field in a small volume and has succeeded only indifferently. There are a number of good points about the work, but they do not compensate for the inaccuracies that appear. Nor is there lack of opportunity to quarrel with many of the author's statements. On page 76, in a discussion of heart disease in children, it is stated that "an indiscretion in diet may lead to fatal consequences." This must be a rare occurrence. On page 90, the author refers to Paul Horder, New York, when he means Paul Hoeber. On page 117 the statement appears that "the changes in the heart in hyperthyroidism are dilatation of the right auricle and ventricle, and some little fatty change." It is doubtful whether this statement will bear critical investigation. On page 137 there is shown a tracing which is labeled paroxysmal

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