By Mark D. Altschule. Price, $5. Pp. 368. Harvard University Press, Cambridge 38, Mass., 1949.
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This monograph was written primarily for medical students who may and should be interested in abnormal clinical physiologic states. The discussions are brief but well supported by a fairly extensive bibliography. Unfortunately, some of the problems are discussed so briefly that the student may have difficulty appreciating the disturbances in physiology, e. g., the discussion of tissue pressure, the lymphatics and venous pressure in chronic congestive heart failure. The discussion of chronic cardiac decompensation occupies one-half the monograph and contains numerous observations on various physiologic aspects of congestive heart failure, but unfortunately no attempt is made to correlate these many observations. Of course, as the author indicates, this is difficult at this time, so he merely presents the findings reported. In general, the monograph is more a brief review of the literature than an interpretation of the many findings for experienced students. In spite of this shortcoming, the book should
Physiology in Diseases of the Heart and Lungs. Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1950;86(3):489. doi:10.1001/archinte.1950.00230150172015
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