The author of a textbook of medicine should be able to write clearly and concisely, should have something to teach and considerable experience in teaching it and should have a comprehensive experience covering the whole field about which he writes. While embodying in his book the consensus of the best medical practice, he should not hesitate to state advanced ideas that have not yet received general acceptance but which have stood critical, practical tests in his own experience.
Dr. Levine has met these qualifications and has achieved this end in his textbook. He writes in a conversational style, as though standing at the beside of a patient and discussing the manifold aspects of a specific cardiac lesion. However, this facile style is a little misleading, and it is easy for the reader to overlook some important points.
The author announces his intention of writing a textbook for the general practitioner