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April 1955

Congenital Heart Disease: An Illustrated Diagnostic Approach.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1955;89(4):511. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1955.02050110601021

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The authors state that this handbook is intended for the medical student and the general practitioner.

The first portion of the book consists of a discussion of the principles of differential diagnosis, including history, physical examination, simple laboratory procedures, roentgenographic study, electrocardiogram, angiocardiography, and cardiac catheterization.

The second portion of the book is a profusely illustrated atlas, in which the above principles of diagnosis are applied to the commoner congenital malformations of the heart. The material is well organized; the illustrations are well done; the printing is clear. A valuable feature is a drawing of the heart and great vessels superimposed on the x-ray films.

The medical student and the general practitioner, even though interested in congenital heart disease, can scarcely find time to read the numerous contributions which have been written largely for specialists.

This little volume does an admirable job of presenting the diag~lostic approach to the more common congenital

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