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July 1932

Der Herzalternans.

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By Dr. Med. Bruno Kisch, Ord. Professor der Physiologie an der Universität Köln. Price, 1.2 marks. Pp. 214, with 54 illustrations. Dresden: Theodore Steinkopff, 1932.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1932;50(1):168. doi:10.1001/archinte.1932.00150140175013

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This monograph is, in deed and in truth, an exhaustive presentation of what is known (and of most that is thought) about the subject of alternation of the heart. Written by a physiologist who has contributed extensively to the experimental investigation of alternation, the theoretical and experimental aspects are surveyed with comprehension and are presented briefly and accurately. No phase of the relationship of alternation to the various types of cardiac disease or to abnormalities of rate or rhythm is omitted. The literature has been scrutinized from the time of Traube, who, in 1872, first differentiated the pulsus alternans from the pulsus bigeminus. The historical matter presented is an interesting commentary on the acumen of the clinicians of the latter half of the nineteenth century, and the ingenuity and scientific spirit of the men who have developed the methods of modern physiology. Approximately one third of the book is devoted

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