In this second edition, the authors have included many of the newer drugs that have been used to treat cardiac emergencies. This is a well-written, impressive little volume which deals with practically all the emergencies encountered in the treatment of cardiovascular disease. While it does not pretend to be a textbook on cardiology, it does cover the cardiac emergencies thoroughly and specifically. The arrhythmias are well described, and the accepted methods of treatment are specifically outlined, including the exact dosages of all the drugs recommended. The selection of drugs is usually discussed when there is a choice, and the authors' preferences are stated. Acute pulmonary edema and congestive heart failure, the treatment of angina pectoris, coronary insufficiency, coronary occlusion, and anticoagulant therapy are well discussed and presented in an understandable fashion. Many of the rarer emergencies and conditions difficult to diagnose are also described in a practical manner. The section
Cardiac Emergencies and Heart Failure: Prevention and Treatment. JAMA. 1955;159(13):1333. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960300079027
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