The author divides the subject into four divisions. The first is concerned with the examination of the patient and the analysis of the symptoms and signs. The second discusses the etiologic types and causes of heart disease. The third considers the structural changes, and the fourth deals with the disorders in function. The order of the last three divisions is based on the present trend in cardiac diagnosis.
The first division is one of the most important from the standpoint of the beginner, and may be read with interest and profit by those with special knowledge in the field. The section on the roentgenologic and electrocardiographic methods of examination are well done. Approximately ninety pages are devoted to the last subject, and many of the most important alterations in the electrocardiogram are illustrated by curves.
The discussion of the three remaining divisions is a conservative presentation of the newer concept