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In many excellent texts now available the common types of heart diseases are well described, but rare conditions are usually only briefly discussed. The physician must then refer to the original literature. This is often a tedious and time-consuming task. A book on the uncommon heart diseases is therefore most welcome for ready reference. Although Dr. Reich has included some conditions, such as chronic cor pulmonale and acute nonspecific pericarditis, that are by no means rare, his coverage of the rare diseases of the heart is fairly complete and, in general, adequate. A bibliography is included after each chapter. A variety of tumors of the heart, the so-called diffuse collagen diseases, and acute myocarditis from bacterial, rickettsial, and viral infections are described. Disturbances in the heart occurring in a great variety of systemic diseases are discussed in chapters on nutritional and metabolic disorders, blood dyscrasias, and the parasitic diseases. In
The Uncommon Heart Diseases.. JAMA. 1954;155(11):1018. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.03690290068032