April 11, 1885


JAMA. 1885;IV(15):401-402. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02390900009003

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The January, 1885, number of the American Journal of the Medical Sciences contains a paper, by Dr. A. H. P. Leuf, of Brooklyn, on "A Peculiar Form of Pulmonary Congestion not Generally Known and Terminating in Sudden Death; together with a Plea for Cardiac Aspiration." The author announces that his two objects in writing the paper are to call attention to this peculiar form of pulmonary congestion and to enter a plea for cardiac aspiration.

The symptomatology of these cases, as described by Dr. Leuf, is but meagre; the duration is short, probably not exceeding twenty to forty-eight hours, and he is inclined to fix the mean duration at about six or eight hours. The affection occurs more often in males; it may or may not be attended with unilateral pain; there may be a sense of impending danger, or it may be absent; but the almost invariable symptom is

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