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November 10, 1956

Cardiac Pressures and Pulses: A Manual of Right and Left Heart Catheterization

JAMA. 1956;162(11):1098. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970280078031

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Since cardiac catheterization has become a well-recognized diagnostic procedure, such a book as this, describing the techniques in detail, is most welcome. It was only a little more than a decade ago that Cournand showed that catheterization of the right side of the heart could be safely performed in man. Since then, many improvements in recording instruments and in the technique itself have been made. Recently, relatively safe techniques for catheterization of the left side of the heart have been made available. The procedures are all carefully described in this book. The authors, who have had extensive experience with the techniques, emphasize the necessity for a good, well-trained team of from four to eight persons in order to get the necessary information from the tests. One person passes the catheter, another takes care of the recording instruments, another handles the x-ray apparatus, and another collects the blood samples. Occasionally additional

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