JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer
Reiling, Assistant Editor.
A London doctor has recently been giving a warning against coddling
the heart. If properly quoted in the press dispatches, Dr. Goodhart (auspicious
name) says that he knows of no symptoms of a weak heart and that the use of
the term leads to a nervous dread from which recovery is difficult or to an
enervating, luxurious life of idleness which causes results tending toward
the end that it was intended to prevent. The idea of cardiac muscular deficiencies
has been pretty well preached during the past few years. Although there is
no doubt that the weak heart notion has been sometimes carried too far and
that the expression may be occasionally misleading, it would require the testimony
of many good authorities to oust it from the medical mind at the present time.
DO WE CODDLE THE HEART?. JAMA. 2005;294(3):380. doi:10.1001/jama.294.3.380-b