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October 1963

A Primer of Cardiology.

Arch Intern Med. 1963;112(4):629-630. doi:10.1001/archinte.1963.03860040225035

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This book, first published in 1947, is now in its third edition which in itself indicates that it has earned a place among established textbooks of cardiology. It is a short book with but a single author. Its chapter organization is somewhat unconventional and has resulted in unnecessary repetition which would have been better tolerated by a larger text. The book begins with a short (29-page) introductory chapter on anatomy which is followed by one entitled "Approach to the Diagnosis of Heart Disease"—a mixture of diagnostic criteria, pathognomonic physical signs, and pathogenic concepts of heart disease. Chapter 3 returns to a systematic approach to the cardiac history and physical examination. Here the author is at his best. He skilfully uses both text and diagrams to express his concepts of the origin of heart sounds and murmurs. This is a unique method of presentation and one which will be particularly appreciated

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