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March 22, 1924

DETECTION OF EXTRASYSTOLE OF HEART IN RELATION TO DISEASES OF BILE PASSAGES AND DUODENAL ULCER

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Philadelphia.

JAMA. 1924;82(12):990. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02650380058034

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Abstract

To the Editor:  —The important contribution of Drs. Straus and Hamburger in The Journal, March 1, is timely and of considerable practical value. In July, 1923, I read a paper entitled "Some Problems in Gallbladder Disease, Their Operative Treatment and Complications," before the Lake Keuka Medical and Surgical Association, Lake Keuka, N. Y. In this paper it was stated that a diseased gallbladder may act as a source of focal infection, acting on the heart, producing what is known as an extrasystole. After the operation of cholecystectomy, the extrasystole entirely disappeared. In one of the cases there was a coexistent duodenal ulcer. The cardiographic work was performed by Dr. Joseph Wolffe. The paper, which has been in the hands of the publishers for the last six months, will appear shortly.

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