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June 19, 1967

Glossary of Cardiologic Terms Related to Physical Diagnosis and History: I. Heart Murmurs

JAMA. 1967;200(12):1041-1042. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120250075013

New physiologic concepts have rendered obsolete many cardiologic terms related to physical diagnosis and history and have given new meaning to others. Precise definitions are particularly important now that computers offer the promise of significant assistance in data retrieval. The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association believed that vigorous dialogue at a national level would be a major asset in the formulation of an authoritative glossary. Therefore, committee members representing a variety of "academic schools of thought" in clinical cardiology were selected; this assured the presentation of many points of view in the formulation of a national concensus. The committee meetings were held in the national offices of the American College of Cardiology in Bethesda, Md.

Three other glossaries have been scheduled for presentation in 1967. The subjects of these glossaries will be (a) heart sounds; (b) arterial and venous pulsations and palpation; and (c) symptoms.