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September 15, 1956

Virus Diseases and the Cardiovascular System: A Survey

JAMA. 1956;162(3):258. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970200106029

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In the past few years the effects of the many virus diseases on the cardiovascular system have been recognized. Reports of electrocardiographic changes in a number of virus infections, the increasing incidence of nonspecific pericarditis and myocarditis probably of viral origin, and the relationship of rubella ( German measles) in the pregnant mother to congenital heart disease in the child have made the internist and cardiologist aware of the cardiovascular problem in virus diseases. Although much has been written on the subject, pertinent information is difficult to obtain because reports are scattered through many different journals. Dr. Lyon, a well-trained microbiologist and clinician, has done a great service in reviewing a large number of articles in order to include in this volume all the pertinent information on the effect of virus diseases on the heart and blood vessels. In the first part he reviews the present concepts as to how the

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