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—The 14th convention of the Italian Society of Cardiology was held in Taormina under the chairmanship of Professor Condorelli, director of the University of Rome Institute of Medical Pathology. Among many others present was Professor van Dooren, from Brussels, who represented the European Society of Cardiology. The subject of discussion was "Biochemistry of the Myocardium and Its Physiopathological Reflexes," and the speakers were Professor Lenzi, from the University of Siena, and Professors Poppi and Posteli, from the University of Bologna.Professor Lenzi demonstrated that the contractile function of the myocardium is identified with the ability of each one of its muscular elements to contract abruptly. At present, an almost complete explanation has been obtained for the various phases of the degradation of the energetic material (carbohydrates) and for the mechanism of the liberation of the chemical energy it contains. On the other hand, the way in which, at
ITALY. JAMA. 1952;150(15):1506–1507. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.03680150060022