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January 28, 1939


JAMA. 1939;112(4):322-327. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.62800040015010a

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The third of a series of conferences on therapeutics was held at the New York Hospital-Cornell University Medical College on Saturday Morning, Oct. 15, 1938, at 12 o'clock, Dr. McKeen Cattell presiding.

Dr. McKeen Cattell: The conference today will be on the subject of the treatment of disorders of cardiac rhythm and will be opened by Dr. Eggleston, who has kindly come here to give the clinical aspects.

Dr. Cary Eggleston: The arrhythmias, disturbances in cardiac mechanism, constitute therapeutic problems from time to time, sometimes because they actually endanger life but perhaps more commonly because of the discomforts that they produce in the patients who are their victims.

The commonest of these arrhythmias in ordinary experience is perhaps the simplest of all in its implications, namely, premature beats. These may occur as isolated premature beats, they may arise in the auricles, in the auriculoventricular node or in the junctional tissues

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