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April 1, 1974

The Pathology of the Heart

Author Affiliations

Veterans Administration Hospital West Haven, Conn

JAMA. 1974;228(1):102. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230260072038

This treatise, concise and didactic yet pleasantly readable, presents the pathological anatomy of the heart and attempts to correlate morphologic and clinical manifestations of cardiac diseases. The first part describes the technique recommended for microscopic examination; the histology, cytology, and general pathology of the myocardium, including chapters on hypertrophy, endocardial changes secondary to abnormal flow and to carcinoid. Part 2 deals with acquired diseases; myocardial infarction and rheumatic carditis are extensively presented. Due to space limitation, the description of other diseases tends to be little more than a catalog. The congenital malformations are presented in the third part, which is conveniently divided into chapters according to practical criteria. Part 4 discusses cardiomyopathies, primary or associated to systemic disease; pulmonary hypertension; cardiac tumors; and rejection of cardiac transplants.

The author states his aim: to provide the practicing cardiologist with the essential information on anatomic pathology of the heart. The need for