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June 1933

The Failing Heart of Middle Life: The Myocardosis Syndrome, Coronary Thrombosis, and Angina Pectoris, with a Section upon the Medico-Legal Aspects of Sudden Death from Heart Disease.

Author Affiliations

By Albert S. Hyman, A.B., M.D., F.A.C.P., Cardiologist, Beth David and Manhattan General Hospitals; Attending Physician and Cardiologist, Hospital for the Aged; Consulting Cardiologist, Harlem Day Nursery; Chief, Cardiac Clinics, Beth David and Manhattan General Dispensaries; Director, Witkin Foundation for the Study and Prevention of Heart Disease, New York, and Aaron E. Parsonnet, M.D., C.M., F.A.C.P., Attending Physician and Cardiologist, Newark Beth Israel Hospital; Cardiologist, Evening Heart Clinic, Newark Beth Israel Hospital; Medical Director, Home for the Aged; Fellow, Witkin Foundation for the Study and Prevention of Heart Disease, Newark, N. J. With a preface by David Riesman, M.D., Sc.D., F.A.C.P., Professor of Clinical Medicine, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia. Cloth. Price, $5. Pp. 538, with 166 illustrations. Philadelphia: F. A. Davis Company, 1932.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1933;51(6):992-993. doi:10.1001/archinte.1933.00150250176013

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The increasing incidence of degenerative heart disease and its encroachment on the younger age groups have impressed every one who comes in contact with diseases of the heart. The present work deals with this type of disorder. Although the work is entitled "The Failing Heart of Middle Life," the authors have determined the period of middle life, not by the calendar, but by the condition of the coronary arteries. The book is somewhat unique in that it deals largely with the type of disorder that is not the result of disease but of degenerative processes. The patients described were free from trouble until a diminished cardiac function appeared. To this condition they have applied the term the myocardosis syndrome, by which they distinguish it from heart disease of inflammatory origin. They stress further the importance of searching for certain signs and symptoms by which the degenerative process may be discovered

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