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November 1941

PROGNOSTIC VALUE OF VARIOUS CLINICAL AND ELECTROCARDIOGRAPHIC FEATURES OF ACUTE MYOCARDIAL INFARCTIONI. IMMEDIATE PROGNOSIS

Author Affiliations

ANN ARBOR, MICH.; BOSTON

From the Medical Clinic of the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital and the Department of Medicine, Harvard Medical School.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1941;68(5):913-944. doi:10.1001/archinte.1941.00200110065005
Abstract

Within the past thirty years myocardial infarction has risen from the position of a purely pathologic entity to the ranks of those diseases which are of first importance to the clinician. Those observers who were responsible for this rise include Dock,1 Obrastzow and Straschesko,2 Hochhaus3 and Herrick,4 all of whom were instrumental in first calling attention to the clinical picture of the disease. They were soon followed by a large group of others5 who made many valuable contributions. Beginning with the work of Smith6 and Pardee,7 a great number of electrocardiographic studies8 not only provided a means of confirming the diagnosis but made it possible to localize the area of necrosis in the heart muscle with a high degree of accuracy. As a result of these advances myocardial infarction has become "an easily diagnosable disease" (Christian9. In spite of this progress in knowledge of the condition,

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