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October 6, 1945

Non-Penetrating Injuries of the Heart

JAMA. 1945;129(6):483. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860400067027

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As the author states in his introduction, there is little or nothing to be found in the average textbook with regard to the subject of nonpenetrating injuries to the heart, but this is largely "owing to the fact that until quite recently the existence of the condition has been looked upon with considerable skepticism." Much of this skepticism has been fostered by the not very critical reports of such injuries. In addition to this, in many cases in which there are so often doubtful objective findings or findings not definitely correlated with the injury, physicians have been inclined to feel that the possibilities of compensation were a more potent etiologic factor than the injury itself.

This short but comprehensive study is important in redirecting the attention of the physician to this type of injury, its diagnosis and its importance. We are prone to forget how elastic the thoracic cage is

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