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April 29, 1968

Treatment of Heart Disease in the Adult

Author Affiliations

New Orleans

JAMA. 1968;204(5):408. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03140180058034

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For the intern needing immediate information about dosage, method of administration, or even what to do next, this book will prove useful. Theory receives little space, and controversy is limited or altogether omitted. Because of the authors' almost painful efforts to be inclusive, drugs now largely superseded receive considerable attention. But the new and potent diuretics furosemide and ethacrynic acid are mentioned only briefly.

On the other hand, sections concerning treatment of myocardial infarction, bacterial endocarditis, and electrolyte disturbances are informative. The uses of digitalis and its analogues are described repeatedly and in detail. Much space is also allotted to the thiazide diuretics for which the authors express some preference. The section on cardiac arrhythmias gives useful information regarding the indications and contraindications for quinidine, diphenylhydantoin sodium (Dilatin), procainamide, lidocaine, and propranolol.

The authors also explain techniques for electrical pacemaking and defibrillation. Short descriptions of elective cardioversion briefly set forth