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November 13, 1937

Failure of the Heart and Circulation

JAMA. 1937;109(20):1661-1662. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780460071032

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Dr. East has written an excellent small book on the failure of the heart and circulation in the series of pocket monographs on practical medicine. This little volume is extraordinarily concise and clear. Among the special features to be recommended are chapter II, on the defaulting ventricle; chapter III, on the causes of heart failure; chapter IV, on the pulmonary effects of heart failure and the statement that dyspnea and cyanosis occur in mitral stenosis before congestive failure sets in; chapter VII, on special causes of heart failure; chapter VIII, on heart failure in pregnancy, with the recommendation of paraldehyde as a safe and useful hypnotic when others fail, the emphasis on pulmonary congestion in left ventricular failure, the so-called dry failure before peripheral edema appears, the indications for the use of quinidine, the advisability of trying digitalis first in auricular flutter, particular emphasis on suitable diets, the details of

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