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September 18, 1948

Heart: A Physiologic and Clinical Study of Cardio-Vascular Diseases

JAMA. 1948;138(3):249. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02900030081032

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This text is written for the practitioner who desires to increase his knowledge of cardiovascular disease. It will be a valuable reference book also for medical students or post-graduate students reviewing this field. The field is covered competently; the book is well illustrated and has a very complete bibliography at the end of each chapter which includes not only the literature in English but also European references.

After a tabular history of cardiology and two chapters dealing with the development and function of the cardiovascular system, the author devotes two chapters to the clinical and technical (laboratory) study of the patient. The author has abandoned the usual etiologic presentation of the heart diseases and substituted an anatomical-clinical classification which he attempts to correlate with etiology. To the reviewer this seems only to lengthen the volume without achieving any clarification of diagnosis. The author complains in his preface that the etiologic

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