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October 4, 1952


JAMA. 1952;150(5):507. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.03680050073025

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Systematic Treatment of Heart Disease.  —Dr. Gunnar Biörck of the town of Malmö proposes that patients with certain forms of heart disease should enjoy the benefits available for tuberculosis patients in a well-organized and permanent system of stations or dispensaries staffed by specialists. In Sweden there are at least a quarter of a million persons who suffer from some disease of the cardiovascular system. They may be classed in four main groups, according to whether they suffer from arteriosclerosis (including cardiosclerosis), hypertonia, heart neurosis, or valvular disease of the heart. In this last group there may be anything from 10,000 to 30,000 persons for whom, in some instances, there is a prospect of radical improvement owing to recent advances in the surgery of the heart. In the same group after an attack of rheumatic fever there is now also a prospect of preventive treatment with penicillin, corticotropin, or cortisone. At

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