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August 10, 1907

Text-book on Diseases of the Heart. B. G. Steell, M.D., F.R.C.P., Lecturer on Diseases of the Heart in the University of Manchester; Senior Physician to the Manchester Royal Infirmary, with an appendix on the Volume of Blood in Relation to Heart Disease.

JAMA. 1907;XLIX(6):509. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02530060059017

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In the preface the author states that "authority" has been excluded as far as possible in the description of the clinical aspects of the diseases of the heart, i. e., the accounts are drawn "from life." This explains occasional omissions in the book and the fact that the author dwells with particular emphasis on certain points where he is, perhaps, rather at variance with authority. In some places the book is somewhat on the quiz compend order, with mere enumeration of facts rather than logical consideration of them. The chapter on the instrumental examination of the arteries and veins is timely and should whet the student's appetite for a more extended study of the writings of Mackenzie, Wenckenbach and others. The work is hardly to be classed as a systematic treatise to be placed in the hand of the undergraduate, but it is full of suggestive matter based on careful

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