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October 1950

Quinidine in Disorders of the Heart.

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By Harry Gold, M.D. Price, $2. Pp. 115. Paul B. Hoeber, Inc., Medical Book Department of Harper & Bros., 49 E. 33d St., New York 16, 1950.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1950;86(4):645-646. doi:10.1001/archinte.1950.00230160157017

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In this small book the author has accomplished in a most satisfactory fashion his stated intention of providing a guide for the use of quinidine in the treatment of disorders of the heart. He has presented clearly the issue of maintained therapy versus treatment of the individual attack in the paroxysmal arrhythmias. The complexities which arise in any attempt to analyze the consequences of combined digitalis and quinidine therapy are defined but not resolved. However, an attractively rational position is assumed on this disputed subject. The author proposes to avoid the simultaneous use of quinidine and digitalis whenever possible, especially when large doses of both may be necessary.

Perhaps the most significant flaw in the presentation is its air of therapeutic optimism. This may be the product of prolonged enthusiastic and intelligent use of quinidine, but it seems likely that, even after reading this book, the most apt pupil will

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