The clinical study of coronary thrombosis is one of the achievements of American medicine. First described by Herrick1 in 1912, this condition has received so much attention in the past ten years that the diagnosis is probably rarely missed nowadays.
On the other hand, although dissecting aneurysm of the aorta was described more than 200 years ago, it is not a condition with which the average clinician is sufficiently familiar. Peery2 has recently reported four cases, with a good discussion of the pathology. Interest in this subject has been active in Atlanta in recent years. Agnor3 has made a careful review of the literature, and McGeachy and Paullin4 have published a clinical paper. According to these authors, about 500 cases have been reported but only nine were diagnosed during life. McGeachy and Paullin added three cases in which they recognized the condition at Grady Hospital.
BLACKFORD LM, SMITH C. CORONARY THROMBOSIS VS. DISSECTING ANEURYSM IN DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS. JAMA. 1937;109(4):262–264. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780300018008
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