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October 28, 1899


JAMA. 1899;XXXIII(18):1109. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450700053015

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The time has not long passed when it was considered that the development of that peculiar type of respiration known as Cheyne-Stokes was almost surely indicative of the early death of the patient, and while cases are on record in which this phenomenon has lasted for many days before death has taken place, nevertheless we are all acccustomed to consider that the development of this symptom is one of evil omen. If we mistake not, one ofthe great English practitioners of this century made the assertion that he had never seen recovery take place in a patient with well-marked Cheyne-Stokes respiration. In this connection, therefore, a paper which has recently appeared in the British Medical Journal, by Pembrey, who is the lecturer on physiology in the Charing Cross Hospital, London, is of considerable interest. This writer believes that the Cheyne-Stokes respiration can be observed under certain physiologic conditions in healthy

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