The favorable reports given the previous editions of this volume may well be carried over to the third edition. The title has been changed to include the section on diseases of the blood vessels, which has been added to the text.
The discussion of peripheral vascular disease is brief, in keeping with the general trend of the book. Methods of investigation are first enumerated, such as observations on the temperature of the skin, oscillometry, the reactive test for hyperemia, tests of the reaction to histamine and roentgenographic visualization of vessels. A brief but lucid description of the essential features of each disease is then given.
In the domain of cardiac disease itself, several new sections add completeness to the survey of the subject. Congenital heart disease, pericarditis and bacterial endocarditis are considered. A section on the important types of arrhythmia has been added and rectifies a conspicuous omission in former