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October 1950

A Manual of Cardiology.

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Second edition. By Thomas J. Dry. Price, $5. Pp. 355, with 97 illustrations. W. B. Saunders Company, 218 W. Washington Sq., Philadelphia 5, 1950.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1950;86(4):646-647. doi:10.1001/archinte.1950.00230160158020

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If the author of this pocket-sized manual were not eminently well informed on his subject, so much that is important could not be said in so few words. Despite its small size, this volume is not simply an outline of cardiology. The discussions of various phases of heart disease are adequate, up to date and well documented.

While there is a chapter on "The Normal Electrocardiogram and the Mode of Production of Abnormal Patterns," electrocardiographic illustrations are scattered throughout the book, demonstrating the various patterns of the conditions under discussion. The section on congenital heart disease contains beautiful diagrams, roentgenograms and other pertinent data to make this difficult subject more understandable.

The chapter on rheumatic heart disease includes a discussion of all the "collagen diseases" and has been revised so recently that treatment with cortisone is discussed. Also the results of the radically changed management of subacute bacterial endocarditis have

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