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March 1965

Parasites of the Human Heart.

Arch Intern Med. 1965;115(3):366-367. doi:10.1001/archinte.1965.03860150110029

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This is a short book—in essence, a series of case reports culled from the world's literature. It pulls together and reorganizes a large amount of material which describes infection of the human heart by protozoan and metazoan parasites. It is systematically organized in short and easily digestible chapters, and the authors must be commended for avoiding the temptation of creating a compendium from all that has been written on this subject.

Its chief virtue for medical readers in those geographic areas where parasitic infections are relatively rare is to make the physician think of unusual diagnostic possibilities that might otherwise be overlooked. One justification for publishing such a book at this time is that treatment for some of these diseases is gaining in effectiveness. As was the case with congenital heart disease, it is successful therapy that encourages the development of sensitive and precise diagnostic tools.

The authors point out

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