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May 11, 1957

Pediatric Cardiology

JAMA. 1957;164(2):220. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980020100028

A vast amount of useful information concerning all types of heart disease, acquired and congenital, encountered in infants and children has been put in this relatively small volume. This is derived from personal and published sources. The first part of the book outlines the methods used in diagnosis, ranging from the initial history and physical examination to the newer techniques including phonocardiography, cardiac catheterization, and angiocardiography. A brief outline of the theoretical principles involved introduces each diagnostic tool. The data contained should be of practical value as standards by which to evaluate observations made on children. The second part deals with acquired heart disease, including acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease. The inclusion of aberrant origin of the coronary artery and endocardial fibroelastosis under this heading may be readily accepted, though it is somewhat illogical. The third part, occupying about half the book, deals with congenital heart disease. This

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