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January 1, 1938

Diseases of the Heart Described for Practitioners and Students

JAMA. 1938;110(1):69-70. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790010071024

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The first edition of this work appeared in 1933. The purpose of the author, as clearly stated, was not to write a treatise on heart disease or a book of reference but a compact manual that would help practitioners to recognize and properly treat the commoner diseases of the heart. The work was iconoclastic. Old classifications were discarded; morbid anatomy, both gross and microscopic, was relegated to an inferior position; disturbed function was regarded as the explanation of practically all symptoms. The laboratory as an aid to diagnosis was relatively ignored, both because it was regarded as of little worth and also because the general practitioner would "soon lose all connection" with it. The text was stripped bare of unnecessary verbiage and of bibliographic references. Discussion of unsettled theories was avoided. Simplicity was the rule. The two heart conditions that counted for much and that needed more than casual consideration

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