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This interesting monograph on the history of cardiology sketches the development of our knowledge of the heart through three periods classed by the authors as the Pre-Scientific period, the Period of Scientific Investigation and the Period of Scientific Application. During the first of these periods the knowledge of the circulation and its disorders was very obscure, and circulatory phenomena were regarded with superstition or awe. Only a few of the ancient thinkers sought for some explanation of the beating of the heart, the pulse and other circulatory manifestations. Plato, while considering the heart in a more or less philosophical sense
History of Cardiology.. Ann Intern Med. 1927;1:118–120. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-1-2-118_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1927;1(2):118-120.
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