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April 1943


Author Affiliations


From the Department of Medicine, Long Island College of Medicine, and the Kings County and Long Island College hospitals.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1943;71(4):502-515. doi:10.1001/archinte.1943.00210040061007

Although aneurysm of the heart has been recognized for almost two centuries, it is only recently that the antemortem diagnosis has been made with any assurance. The advent of more thorough study of patients with heart disease by roentgenologic methods has considerably increased the frequency with which the correct diagnosis is made. The first account of aneurysm of the ventricle was by Galeati1 in 1757, but the first detailed description of the condition was given by Matthew Baillie2 in 1793. Since then, from time to time, other papers have appeared dealing with the subject. These have been fully reviewed by Hall,3 Sternberg4 and Parkinson, Bedford and Thomson,5 who added cases of their own. The first case in which the condition was diagnosed by means of roentgen rays was reported by Sézary and Alibert6 in 1922. Since then, in many of the cases reported it has been recognized