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The aim of the symposium here recorded was to present the advances, as well as the problems and controversial matters, in the field of cardiac surgery. Congenital heart disease, acquired heart disease, and surgery of the aorta and other arteries were discussed. The participants included most prominent workers in this field. Sir Russell Brock, in his foreword, emphasized that contributions of the surgeon to cardiology can lead and direct our knowledge from now on by contributing to the more accurate diagnosis of heart conditions. This is particularly true of congenital heart disease, for at times it is impossible to make an exact diagnosis until the heart is exposed at operation. Surgery now affords the opportunity to study and observe the living heart as opposed to the dead one. This handsomely printed and profusely illustrated volume reflects the present status of cardiac surgery in a most satisfactory manner. It should prove
Henry Ford Hospital International Symposium on Cardiovascular Surgery: Studies in Physiology, Diagnosis and Techniques. JAMA. 1956;160(7):607. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02960420087034
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