Physicians everywhere, both in the hospital and the home, continually encounter children with affections of the heart. Data accumulating from many observations in cardiac disease furnish the basis for this second volume from the Children's Medical Clinic of Paris, the first having been dedicated to diseases of the respiratory system by the same author.
Nobécourt utilizes fully the dramatic in medicine by presenting, not the case, but the patient himself, with complete roentgenograms, orthodiagrams, pulse tracings, measurements, and, in fatal issues, comprehensive necropsy reports. With each discussion, the literature is exhaustively reviewed, and the experiences of the clinician in previous invasions of like character are freely drawn on. The difficulties of diagnosis, the limitations in the prognosis, the numerous factors involved in outlining a rational therapy and particularly the need of maintaining, in complicated cases, a judicious attitude, neither over-optimistic nor unduly pessimistic—all are sufficiently stressed.
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