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November 29, 1958

Basic Cardiology

JAMA. 1958;168(13):1831. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.03000130097034

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This unpretentious monograph appears to represent the accumulated experience of the author. The approach is that of the general physician with an abiding interest in cardiology. The book is not designed to replace a standard textbook on cardiology, but covers this field from the clinical viewpoint with a minimum of detail. The style is conversational, and the text is amusing in places. The material is up to date and is sound, clinically, for its level. There is room for disagreement with some of the electrocardiographic interpretations, and certain hemodynamic explanations, such as that of patent ductus arteriosus. There is no bibliography. The illustrations are good, although more care might have been taken in the preparation of some of them. This book should be of value as a review for the physician whose primary interest is not cardiology.

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