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JAMA 100 Years Ago
July 20, 2005


JAMA. 2005;294(3):380. doi:10.1001/jama.294.3.380-b

A London doctor has recently been giving a warning against coddling the heart. If properly quoted in the press dispatches, Dr. Goodhart (auspicious name) says that he knows of no symptoms of a weak heart and that the use of the term leads to a nervous dread from which recovery is difficult or to an enervating, luxurious life of idleness which causes results tending toward the end that it was intended to prevent. The idea of cardiac muscular deficiencies has been pretty well preached during the past few years. Although there is no doubt that the weak heart notion has been sometimes carried too far and that the expression may be occasionally misleading, it would require the testimony of many good authorities to oust it from the medical mind at the present time.