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July 4, 1936


JAMA. 1936;107(1):41-42. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770270043016

Recently McGinn and White1 have reviewed the records of 7,500 necropsies at the Massachusetts General Hospital to determine the frequency with which congenital heart disease has been seen there since 1895. Congenital heart disease was found sixty-seven times, representing an incidence of 0.9 per cent. About one third of the patients, or twenty-one, were infants under 1 year of age; 3,400 of the necropsies were performed in the last fifteen years. The clinical records of the forty-one cases in which there were congenital lesions were studied in detail. The incidence of congenital heart disease in this group was 1.2 per cent. It is therefore suggested that more congenital defects are recognized when the hearts are examined with such lesions especially in mind. The clinical records showed that a correct diagnosis of this lesion had been made seven times, four in adults and three in infants under 1 year of