July 9, 1927

Ergebnisse der gesamten Medizin.

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Herausgegeben von Prof. Dr. Th. Brugssach, Oberarzt der II. medicinischen Klinik der Charité in Berlin. IX.—Angina pectoris. Von Prof. Dr. Hans Kohn. Paper. Pp. 209-276. Berlin: Urban & Schwarzenberg, 1926.

JAMA. 1927;89(2):144. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690020068040

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The author has condensed into these sixty-five papers a comprehensive summary of the present status of our knowledge of angina pectoris. The historical background is given briefly but in full. From this are traced the various views of the symptom complex or, as the author would consider it, of the disease entity. The views of the different authors are considered entirely and fairly, in spite of the somewhat partisan bias of the author. The evidence in support of the hypothesis which he believes to be the only logical explanation for the symptoms is carefully developed and conclusively presented. He considers that angina pectoris is a definite disease entity and not a symptom complex, and that it is always due to a narrowing of the coronary vessels, causing an ischemia of the heart muscles. This may be due to anatomic changes in the vessels, such as atheromatous syphilis or endo-arteritis, with

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