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September 8, 1888

CALCIFICATION OF THE CARDIAC VALVES. DEATH FROM CEREBRAL EMBOLUS.Read before the Medical Society of the District of Columbia, April 11, 1888.

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JAMA. 1888;XI(10):340-341. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400620016001e

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The calcification of the cardiac valves, shown in the specimen presented to-night at the request of several members who have already examined it, derives its interest not from the simple fact that it shows a diseased organ, but from the circumstances attending the patient's life and the manner of his death.

His family and friends give the same account of the patient. He was perfectly healthy; never was confined to bed by illness; and, as far as could be ascertained, he never complained of any ailment, or any of the many incidental symptoms which usually accompany such a condition of the heart valves. He was white, aged 71 years, and a clerk by occupation. Physically he bore his age well, but he was rather absent-minded.

When seen at 6 o'clock on the evening he was attacked, he did not complain. Later he was found lying on the floor of his

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