August 1947


Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1947;80(2):281-282. doi:10.1001/archinte.1947.00220140137013

MORITZ and Zamcheck1 present an interesting survey of the material for autopsy at the Army Institute of Pathology concerning 1,000 sudden deaths from disease of apparently healthy soldiers between 18 and 40 years of age. The most common diseases responsible for rapid, unexpected death among young soldiers were cardiac disease, intracranial hemorrhage and meningococcemia. There were 350 sudden deaths from previously unrecognized cardiac disease, of which about 300 were due to coronary arteriosclerosis. Eight per cent of this group were under 25 years of age, and 22 per cent were younger than 30. White and Negro soldiers were represented in proportion to their numbers in the army. The frequency with which the onset of the fatal attack of coronary insufficiency occurred during a period of strenuous physical exertion lends support to the opinion that violent exercise is dangerous for persons suffering from severe coronary disease. However, this

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