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June 15, 1935

What You Should Know About Heart Disease

JAMA. 1935;104(24):2206. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760240066027

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This was written to help the heart patient to understand his condition. "The better he is able to do this, the better he will be able to aid in his own cure by cooperating with the physician who is trying to correct the unpleasant result of the disease." The text is well printed and durably bound. Technical language, in the main, is successfully avoided. Only four explanatory diagrams are employed and the book lacks an index. The first chapter is devoted to the anatomy and physiology of the heart and circulation. The second chapter is a discussion of the causes of heart disease and an explanation of the resultant pathologic changes. Arteriosclerosis, rheumatic fever, syphilis, goiter, lead, alcohol, diabetes and hypertension are included. It is the author's view that tobacco as a cause of heart problems is much maligned. It will disappoint many readers that only a short paragraph is

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