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September 23, 1939

Angina Pectoris: Nerve Pathways, Physiology, Symptomatology, and Treatment

JAMA. 1939;113(13):1249. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800380067034

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As the author himself asks in the first line of his preface, Why another book on cardiac pain or angina pectoris? His answer is: "There is no dearth of books in this field and yet even after 150 years or more of study of this malady or syndrome the fundamental problems remain unsolved. This volume makes no claim to the solution of these vital questions but is an attempt to restate and to analyze them anew in the light of our present day knowledge. To this end a cardinal prerequisite is a clear understanding of the pathways that initiate, transmit and deliver cardiac pain into consciousness. As a matter of interest, this little volume grew out of an original desire to present a series of carefully drawn anatomical charts of the cardiac innervation and this desire, I believe, has been fulfilled. It was realized, however, that a mere delineation of

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