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July 25, 1953

Diseases of the Heart and Arteries: Anatomical and Functional Disturbances of the Circulation, Treatment.

JAMA. 1953;152(13):1286. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.03690130102044

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Through successive editions, this book has grown from a small handbook designed for the medical undergraduate and the busy physician to a massive textbook. This is somewhat unfortunate, because there are many good textbooks on diseases of the heart but few concise manuals on the subject. Dr. Herrmann, who is an authority on cardiovascular disease, does a competent job, but his problem as to selection of material is evident. Such great strides are being made in this field that even such a large book can deal only briefly with many important aspects of cardiovascular disease. Omission of the section on peripheral vascular disease and the section on military cardiovascular examinations would not in any way detract from the value of the book and would save considerable space that could be used for other important material on heart disease. For instance, the recent important advances in cardiac surgery should be described

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