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October 5, 1984

Exploring the Heart: Discoveries in Heart Disease and High Blood Pressure

Author Affiliations

UCLA School of Medicine Los Angeles

JAMA. 1984;252(13):1770. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03350130076051

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In this fascinating book, the late Dr Comroe has traced the major threads of scientific and medical research that culminated in some of the most important modern advances in cardiovascular medicine and surgery. The writing is purposely directed at the general public, but much of the book contains material probably unknown even to cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons.

For many years the author was director of the Cardiovascular Research Institute at the University of California, San Francisco, and he has actively pursued studies on how breakthroughs in medical research have come about. This book reflects his thoughtful interpretation of the history of some breakthroughs impinging on cardiovascular disease, and it is enlivened by new material derived from personal interviews he had with some of the scientists and physicians whose work the book covers.

The first half of the book deals with the history of those medical advances that were essential before