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Clues in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Heart Disease.

George E. Bedell, M.D.
AMA Arch Intern Med. 1956;98(4):530. doi:10.1001/archinte.1956.00250280132020.
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The President's consulting physician—now well known for his open manner and forthright comments—comes forth with a digest of clues in the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease which is aimed specifically at the general practitioner but which will be greatly appreciated by internists and should be avidly perused by medical students. These clues originate from the history, the physical examination, the x-rays of the chest, and the electrocardiogram. Special diagnostic procedures, such as cardiac catheterization and angiocardiography, are mentioned but not discussed. There is special emphasis on these symptoms—breathing difficulties, pain, and palpitation—and on these signs—heart sounds, heart murmurs, and blood pressure.

Reading this book is a pleasure, not a chore. Its chief advantage is that the author gives his reader a personal, meaningful talk from his own practice experience. The disadvantage is that in making this type of presentation the various topics discussed are not treated in a complete


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