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October 16, 2002

Angina PectorisThe Eighteenth-Century Origins of Angina Pectoris: Predisposing Causes, Recognition, and Aftermath

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Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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by Leon Michaels (Medical History, Supplement No. 21, 2001), 219 pp, with illus, $50, ISBN 0-85484-073-7, London, England, Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at University College London, 2001.

JAMA. 2002;288(15):1917-1918. doi:10.1001/jama.288.15.1917-JBK1016-3-1

This book is an account of the origin and evolution of angina pectoris. Historically, the first description of angina pectoris by a medical person, Dr William Heberden, was in 1768. During the next decade, the number of similar patients that Heberden saw increased nearly fourfold, and many other English medical writers reported cases of angina. Before Heberden, descriptions of a chest pain syndrome resembling angina pectoris were scarce, nor is it clear whether they were in fact angina pectoris and, if so, whether the angina was due to coronary atherosclerosis or was coronary-independent.

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