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September 30, 1911

A Handbook of Practical Treatment

JAMA. 1911;LVII(14):1157. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.04260090379038

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The second volume of this work includes a large number of articles on diseases of the circulatory system, infectious diseases, tropical diseases and animal parasites. The general excellence of the articles is conspicuous. The following are some of those requiring special notice: The principles of cardiac treatment are given by Clifford Allbutt in a short introduction of seven pages. The certainty given to some forms of drug medication is noted, and the fallacy of concluding that high blood-pressure means necessarily an increase of work for the heart and a fall in pressure must need give the heart relief is pointed out. The danger to the heart from the slighter degrees of endocarditis is dwelt on and Allbutt advises to examine the heart of a child with even a slight cold every day. Myocarditis receives as much attention as preicarditis and endocarditis combined. Considerable space is devoted to a discussion of

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