Although heart disease has been in the center of interest of physiologists, pathologists, and clinicians for a long time and our knowledge in this field has advanced enormously in the last three decades, the treatment of heart disease has made only slow steps forward since the introduction of digitalis by Withering. In recent years the development of operative intervention in congenital anomalies and in acquired valvular lesions of the heart has awakened new interest and has brought new hope to the physician and his cardiac patients. Cardiology has been established as a separate specialty in its own right. The time will soon come when all the larger hospitals in this country will have their cardiology departments, with modern diagnostic and surgical facilities, staffed by experienced specialists.
This is the first modern book for students of cardiology which covers the anatomical, physiological, morphological, and functional pathological aspects of this field in