Heart disease, no doubt, deserves unending attention. This new textbook is a workman-like affair, clearly printed, delightfully illustrated, well indexed and not too heavy for comfortable use in spite of its length. When the second edition appears, a better picture of William Withering or an improved reproduction of the title page of the first edition of his "Account of the Foxglove" would make a more dignified frontispiece than the one now used. This, however, is a minor criticism.
The book is built along orthodox lines and reads easily. Certain subjects which often receive scant attention in medical texts are properly emphasized: social service, physical therapy, occupational therapy and prescribed exercise. The surgical and obstetric aspects of heart disease also receive the serious consideration which they deserve.
The book is pleasant to meet.