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July 1961

Toward the Diagnosis of Congenital Heart Disease, Ed. 1

Arch Intern Med. 1961;108(1):164. doi:10.1001/archinte.1961.03620070166023

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When this was still in proof, I was asked whether it should be included in a "Lecture Series." My reply was, "Heavens, No"!

Now, with a more leisurely review, I am amazed that my former opinion was not heeded to the point of publication.

The title suggests a book on congenital heart disease. However, this text contains reputed observations on acquired heart disease and a chapter on cardiac arrest; the latter is rarely congenital in my experience. It would be futile to count inaccuracies. Gallop is spelled "gallup"; in pulmonary stenosis the incidence of valvular forms is stated as 90% and the infundibular, 15%. We are referred to recent literature which does not clarify the mechanism of the 105%.

The text is rambling, lacking in organization and mature consideration, and adorned by a remarkably fatuous end-statement. Alpha is impressively bad: Omega is a crushing blow to any purchaser's hopes.


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