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August 6, 1982

History and Perspectives of Cardiology: Catheterization, Angiography, Surgery and Concepts of Circular Control

JAMA. 1982;248(5):595-596. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330050077044

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This small book comes from the Leiden University Press and presents the proceedings of the Einthoven Memorial meeting in Leiden, Holland, Nov 1-2, 1979. There is no loss from this delayed publication, for the book is a collection of memoirs of cardiovascular history. A handful of the originators of modern cardiology gathered and told of their own moments on stage: Lewis Dexter, Herbert Abrams, Richard Bing, Israel Steinberg, Helen Taussig, George Burch, Henry Swan, Donald Effler, and Arthur Guyton were the American spokesmen. As must happen when there is a head table (so to speak), there are always those who are so conspicuous by their absence that one feels a loss, even if they could have not been present. Mason Sones and Walt Lillihei are two giants whose absence from the volume hurts its significance.

However, to read the reminiscent words of Brock, Crafoord, Bigelow, McMichael, and Castellanos, as examples,