Medicine: Matters of the Heart

A decade of high-gear progress was proudly reported last week by the American Heart Association as it celebrated the tenth anniversary of its reorganization from a narrow-based group of medical specialists to a broad-based outfit with national public participation. In this period, said President Robert W. Wilkins of Boston at the commemorative meetings in San Francisco, surgery on the heart itself has leaped from a hesitant, tentative approach to one of great confidence: there is now nobody with acquired or congenital heart disease who cannot be considered as a prospect for surgery, and...

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