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December 1, 1951


JAMA. 1951;147(14):1377. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670310067024

Convention of Cardiologists.  —At the 13th National Convention of the Italian Society of Cardiology in Naples, the first report was on cor pulmonale, which was discussed by Professor Puddu, of the University of Rome. The second report, which was on the heart in pulmonary tuberculosis, was presented by Dr. Di Maria, also from the University of Rome. An additional 192 papers were presented. The next convention of Italian cardiologists will be held in Taormina.Professor Puddu defined cor pulmonale as the cardiopathy caused by a pulmonary hypertension that is not caused by cardiac lesions. The study of this disease concerns the heart, the pulmonary circulation, and the respiratory function. With regard to the examination of the heart, observations of physical nature are generally of little help; roentgenologic investigation may show the increasing enlargement of the right cavities, and electrocardiographic examination may reveal the various pictures attributable to the two main

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