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September 27, 1941

Cardiac Classics: A Collection of Classic Works on the Heart and Circulation with Comprehensive Biographic Accounts of the Authors

JAMA. 1941;117(13):1139. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820390081035

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The general plan and the nature of the contents of this noteworthy volume are clearly set forth in its title. Beginning with Harvey's De Motu Cordis, 1628, as translated by Robert Willis, 1847, and ending with Herrick's account of the clinical features of sudden coronary obstruction, 1912, highly representative classic writings about the heart and circulation have been appropriately and faithfully reprinted, with good accounts of the lives of the authors. All translations into English have been selected or made with special care. As a matter of fact about half of the reprints were published originally in the English language. The typography is excellent. The many illustrations, including the likenesses of the authors represented and title pages of their books, as well as drawings and diagrams, all of great interest, have been reproduced. Near the end is a table of correlation of writings now reprinted with contemporary historical events. This

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