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May 17, 1952

Heart Disease

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By Paul Dudley White, M.D., Executive Director, National Advisory Heart Council, Boston. Fourth edition. Cloth. $12. Pp. 1015, with 169 illustrations. The Macmillan Company, 60 Fifth Ave., New York 11, 1951.

JAMA. 1952;149(3):311. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930200097032

For the past 20 years White's Heart Disease has been a standard text and reference book on heart disease. Even though it is only six years since the third edition, the many advances in the field have made it necessary for the author to make such extensive revisions that the book, is to a large extent rewritten. As in previous editions, Dr. White has done a thorough job in covering all phases of the subject. In order not to increase the size of the book, some of the older, well-established material has been condensed to give room for a discussion of recent advances on diagnosis and treatment. It is unfortunate that restrictions of space were imposed upon the author, because some important subjects seem to have received insufficient emphasis and discussion. For instance, the physiology of congestive heart failure, indications and contraindications for mitral commissurotomy, and the pharmacology of drugs

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