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[Read in the Section of Practice of Medicine and Materia Medica of the American Medical Association. May, 1884.]
Pericarditis is a disease of greater frequency than is generally believed. The statement made by the author of this paper in the Cincinnati Academy of Medicine that pericarditis is ordinarily oftener overlooked than recognized, having been denied by several members, was strikingly confirmed by an ex-interne of one of our largest hospitals, who observed that of the five cases which had occurred in his service, the diagnosis was made in intra vitam in no single case. The existence of the disease in every case was made apparent only on the post-mortem table. Maurice Letulle, Gaz. Med. de Paris, 22-50, 1879-80, remarks that of all acute or chronic diseases, pericarditis oftenest runs a latent course.
The failure to recognize pericarditis depends upon the fact that so few of the symptoms of the disease
WHITTAKER JT. ETIOLOGY OF PERICARDITIS.. JAMA. 1884;III(10):260-262. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390590008001b