By Albert A. Fitzgerald Peel, M.A., D.M., F.R.F.P.S., Physician for Diseases of Heart, Victoria Infirmary, Glasgow. Oxford medical publications. Second edition. Cloth. $7.50. Pp. 472, with 91 illustrations. Oxford University Press, 114 Fifth Ave., New York 11; Amen House, Warwick Sq., London, E.C.4, 1952.
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As a basis for the first edition of this book, which appeared in 1947, Dr. Peel used his lecture notes to the students at Anderson College of Medicine, Glasgow. Thus, this book is primarily intended for the undergraduate medical student and the general practitioner. The general plan of the second edition is the same as that of the first. Suitable illustrations accompany the text. Several chapters have been rewritten to include new diagnostic tests, such as cardiac catheterization, multiple unipolar leads in electrocardiography and angiocardiography, and new therapeutic agents, such as anticoagulants, antibiotics, low sodium diet, and cation exchange resins.
Although an attempt has been made to bring this book up-to-date, a more complete revision, perhaps to the extent of complete rewriting, should have been done. Some examples of the uneven quality of the book can be cited. The section on congestive heart failure could be improved considerably by a
Diseases of the Heart and Circulation. JAMA. 1952;150(11):1162. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.03680110102038
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