Although twenty-two years have elapsed since Brauer 1 first suggested the operation of cardiolysis for the relief of adherent pericardium, and almost twenty years since its value was clearly demonstrated,2 Bourne,3 in a recent review of the literature, has been able to compile only twenty-three cases in which this operation had been performed. To this surprisingly small number, Bourne adds two; of the twenty-five cases thus accumulated, only five were obtained from the United States. Apparently there have been a few cases reported in Europe, which were omitted from Bourne's series, for some reason that he has not made clear; no mention is made of the cases of Treupel,4 Soyesima,5 von Jagic,6 Thorburn,7 Dunant and Turrettini,8 the two thesis cases of Ensgraber and Schwarzenauer,9 and the three reported by von Beck 10 (doubtless excluded because they were patients with extensive pleural as
MARVIN HM, HARVEY SC. THE SURGICAL TREATMENT OF ADHERENT PERICARDIUM. JAMA. 1924;82(19):1507–1509. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02650450019007
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