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June 18, 1938

Heart Disease in General Practice

JAMA. 1938;110(25):2106. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790250066028

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Dr. White, the author of this book, is one of the leading cardiologists of the United States. In the preface he states that the book is an "attempt to serve the family physician by compiling a brief but practical and forceful summary of our present knowledge of the diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of heart disease." He employs the question and answer method and has included many of the questions of the general practitioner. The book is divided into four parts: the historical introduction (7 per cent), the field of diagnosis including symptomatology, signs, blood pressure, electrocardiography and x-ray examination (48 per cent), prognosis (4 per cent) and treatment (34 per cent); the remainder consists of preface and index. Selecting at random pregnancy and heart disease as one of the common problems of the general practitioner, one finds this subject considered with a single question and a two page answer. The

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