MORRIS H. KAHN, M.A., M.D.; SAMUEL KAHN, B.S., M.D.
The superficial position of the heart and pericardium, directly behind the sternum and the adjacent cartilages, exposes them to danger from injuries to the anterior chest wall. With or without injury to the ribs, or even without obvious external bruising, an external blow may produce very serious damage to the intrathoracic structures. Corresponding to the injuries that take place to the lungs, liver, kidneys or spleen in serious acccidents, it may be plausibly surmised, the heart will suffer similarly the effects of sudden concussion or compression. The character of these effects will depend upon the status of the heart cycle
KAHN MH, KAHN S. Cardiovascular Lesions Following Injury to the Chest1. Ann Intern Med. ;2:1013–1046. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-2-10-1013
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1929;2(10):1013-1046.
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