This volume consists of a series of lectures on the treatment of heart disease by Vaquez, designed for his students and edited by Theodoresco. The first half of the volume is given over to a discussion of cardiac remedies, especially digitalis and its allies. It is pleasing to find that the author has seen fit to give as much of the historical background as he has. This is especially true in the case of digitalis. An understanding of what was accomplished by the clinical observations of the earlier investigators should make us all properly humble. This is especially true of Withering, who worked without the recorded experience of others, having only his own observation and deduction to guide him.
After the chapter on the history of digitalis, the drug is taken up in detail, its physiologic action, indications for its use, method of using and dosage. The preparations of strophanthus,