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November 1909

A NOTE ON THE VENOUS PULSE IN PAROXYSMAL TACHYCARDIA

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1909;IV(5):432-439. doi:10.1001/archinte.1909.00050210025002
Abstract

While paroxysmal tachycardia is a clinically well-recognized symptom-complex, its exact pathology is not as yet by any means understood. The introduction of graphic methods in the study of cardiac phenomena has already resulted in some light being thrown on this condition, and it is only through such means that its ultimate explanation may be looked for. Since, however, the number of cases in the literature of which good venous tracings have been taken is decidedly limited, it has seemed worth while to report two instances in which records of the jugular pulse were obtained.

In general it may be said that from the point of view of the venous pulse all cases of paroxysmal tachycardia apparently fall into one of two groups (Hirschfelder,1 Schmoll2). The first includes those cases in which the venous pulse is of the normal or "auricular" type. In the second class

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