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Learning experiences in medicine should be action-directed and should facilitate the continuous acquisition of new information. The basic biomedical sciences provide a central organizing principal that enhances the sorting out of random facts, molds them into useful concepts, and fashions pragmatic approaches to a variety of clinical problems. Shepherd and Vanhoutte have provided such a learning opportunity by presenting a beautifully written and illustrated review of circulatory physiology. The cream of several decades of physiologic research is churned into a conceptual structure that explains many aspects of cardiovascular disease.
Take hypertension, for example. The authors, with one of their information-laden
The Human Cardiovascular System. Facts and Concepts.. Ann Intern Med. 1980;92:879–880. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-92-6-879_5
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1980;92(6):879-880.
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