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July 12, 1976


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Nashville, Tenn

JAMA. 1976;236(2):141. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03270020015014

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To the Editor.—  Initials used to designate terms in clinical medicine are convenient, but often confusing, to wit: a certain patient after a parietal cell vagotomy done for a duodenal ulcer, had a drop in blood pressure with a normal packed cell volume. His central venous pressure was normal, but the situation was soon complicated by a run of ventricular premature contractions. The question arose that, with a normal PCV and CVP after a PCV, why the VPCs?