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September 1947

Functional Cardiovascular Disease.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1947;80(3):417-418. doi:10.1001/archinte.1947.00220150127016

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From the title one might think that this book dealt with cardiac arrhythmias, so-called functional murmurs and related topics, but this is not true. It is a full and complete exposition of the disorder known as neurocirculatory asthenia, effort syndrome, the soldier's heart and autonomic imbalance and to which perhaps are applied one or two other designations.

The author has gone thoroughly into the subject and has devoted considerable space to the different symptoms. He discusses the precordial pain, the fatigue, the breathlessness and the extracardiac pain, and he offers his explanation for these phenomena. After this he discusses the probable cause, the diagnosis and the treatment of this condition.

When one considers the tremendous amount of work that has already been done on this subject, one realizes that the author has not contributed much new material, but it is equally evident that he has not missed much of the

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