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October 15, 1910


JAMA. 1910;55(16):1384-1386. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330160052020

FOREIGN BODIES IN THE HEART  The traditional conception of the heart as the seat of the vital spark and the home of the soul still flavors our thoughts enough to cause interest in those occasional cases in which even considerable injuries to this organ have failed to lead to sudden or even remote catastrophe. And this feeling persists in spite of the growing experience of the surgeons that operative attacks on the heart are entirely feasible, and the common procedure in laboratory work of drawing a few cubic centimeters of blood from the heart of guinea-pigs whenever desired, the last operation being equivalent to tapping a human heart with a large caliber trocar and withdrawing one or two pints of blood. As regards the effect of wounds on the heart, the determining feature is less how much injury than where and how it takes place. Large secondary tumor growths may

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