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Very remarkable revisions have been made in the second editions of these two textbooks of cardiology. To compare each with its earlier edition indicates graphically the truly fabulous strides which have been made in cardiology during the decade since the end of World War II. They both reflect admirably the forces converging often from independent and most unlikely sources which have revolutionized cardiology. It cannot be said that any one of them is more important than another. They include (1) more orderly comprehension of the hemodynamics of the circulation, based to a large extent on information obtained from cardiac catheterization studies; (2) the surgical invasion of the heart, which now is the accepted arena of procedures which reconstruct, repair, and even cure a host of congenital and acquired lesions; (3) the development of effective pharmacologic agents to lower the blood pressure in hypertension; (4) antibiotics with their frequently curative role
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