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February 6, 1960

Mitral Valvulotomy

JAMA. 1960;172(6):635. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020060125037

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This book is enjoyable reading and is highly recommended to those who are interested in cardiac surgery or cardiology. It is an accurate and inclusive review of a series of patients who were operated on for mitral stenosis. It is an excellent guide for the selection of patients and the expected end-results from mitral valvulotomies as they were done in 1951, 1952, and 1953. Although the techniques have improved since then, this book is still a worthwhile addition to any cardiologist's or cardiovascular surgeon's library as a guide in evaluating patients with mitral valvular disease.

Part 1 deals exclusively with a review of the first 100 patients operated on by the authors in 1951, 1952, and 1953. This review includes their selection of patients, the type of operation done, the complications, and the end-results. Part 2 deals with the second and third 100 patients operated on during the years of

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