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August 23, 1890

The Heart on the Right Side—No Right Lung.

JAMA. 1890;XV(8):302. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410340034013

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To the Editor:  —Being called to one of our hotels about ten days ago to see a patient, as I was preparing to leave, a gentleman in the office asked me to feel his heart and see if I had ever seen anything like it. I found the heart to beat firmly and with unusual force against the right chest wall. I could detect no apex beat, but it seemed as if the whole side of the heart struck directly against the wall. I could detect no beat or sound on the left side. I saw clearly that he either had a displaced heart or that it was a congenital malformation. It being after tea, and having other engagements, I made no further examination, but asked him to call at my office at some convenient time to him, that I might make a thorough examination of his case.On the

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