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August 28, 1948

A Primer of Cardiology

JAMA. 1948;137(18):1637. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890520069027

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These authors have attempted to perform the difficult task of writing a work on cardiology in less than three hundred pages. Considering the handicap that confronted them they have done well. They have presented some general anatomic considerations of the cardiovascular system. This is followed by a section dealing with the approach to the diagnosis of heart disease. The common types of heart disease are discussed, including the management and treatment of each variety. The final section of the book deals with the bedside diagnosis of the cardiac arrhythmias. Electrocardiography is disregarded. The authors refer the reader to monographs on this subject, apparently believing that this has no place in a primer. At the same time they refer to certain types of heart disease, for example infectious myocarditis, in which the diagnosis may be made only with the electrocardiograph.

In the section on physical signs of heart disease they dwell

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