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September 30, 1911


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JAMA. 1911;LVII(14):1126-1127. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.04260090348014

History.  —N. H., an able-bodied married man of thiryt-five, a musician by profession, was returning from a playing engagement one morning at 4 o'clock in the month of August, 1910. Suddenly, when about three squares from home he was set on by foot-pads. Terror-stricken, he ran as fast as his legs would carry him, grasping tightly in one hand his violin and in the other a heavy box containing his music. He arrived at his home utterly spent and exhausted, and with an intense feeling of choking and suffocation. For half an hour he had to stand up and struggle for breath. Gradually the sense of suffocation lessened, its place being taken by a distressing palpitation. There was no real pain. Later in the day the patient consulted a physician, who told him there was nothing serious the matter with him, and that he would soon be well again. By