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June 19, 1954


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Kazimierza Wielkiego 20 Warsaw 21, Okȩcie, Poland

JAMA. 1954;155(8):775. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.03690260067031

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To the Editor:  —After reading the article "Coronary Embolism" by Drs. Cheng, Cahill, and Foley (J. A. M. A.153:211-213 [Sept. 19] 1953), I agree with the authors that coronary embolism is a very rare occurrence. I have found, however, that the authors, in their brief review of the literature, have made an error and that this review is incomplete. The first case of coronary embolism, in which the diagnosis was made before death and confirmed at autopsy, was described by Korczyński, professor at the University of Kraków (Przeglad Lekarski, 1887, nr. 1, 3, 4, and 5). The diagnosis made by Professor Korczyński was "insufficiency of the aortic semilunar valves with thrombosis of the arterial orifices on the left side resulting from endocarditis, arterial hypoplasia, exudative pleurisy on the left, and embolism of the coronary artery, probably on the left side." The diagnosis was completely confirmed at autopsy by

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