ALEXANDER LAMBERT, M.D.
An unsolved problem in medicine stands as a challenge to every physician, and cardiac pain has long stood in this position. It is therefore with peculiar pleasure, and with keen appreciation of the compliment, that I accepted your Chairman's invitation to offer you some heretical opinions concerning its causation.
The most recent reviews of Angina Pectoris by Obendoeffer, Kirch and Edens express the almost universal medical belief that cardiac pain is caused by a spasm of the coronary arteries. But this spasm is an unproven theoretical assumption brought forward years ago by Nothnagel. Huchard collected over sixty explanations of cardiac
LAMBERT A. A Theory of the Causation of Cardiac Pain1. Ann Intern Med. ;5:256–263. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-5-3-256
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