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July 23, 1898

Cardiac Failure and Its Treatment, with especial reference to the Use of Baths and Exercise.

JAMA. 1898;XXXI(4):193. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450040043016

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"It is the peculiar merit of those who are responsible for the attention now given to the balneologic and gymnastic treatment of chronic heart disease that they have extended into the domain of active therapeutics, and during the progress of cardiac failure, the roborant influences of that exercise which formerly and in greatest measures found its place in the period of convalescence."

It is well known to every practitioner that many cases of heart disease are apparently conducive to longevity, for they induce less carelessness of diet, regular habits of life and such exercise that the patient lives to a green old age, notwithstanding the existence of his affection. Schott and others have held conclusively that the enfeebled heart may be strengthened in suitable cases by baths and gymnastics and skilfully administered exercise.

This book enters fully into the details of this form of treatment. The illustrations are clear and

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