W. K. PURKS, M.D.
An evaluation of the ability of the patient with organic heart disease to withstand operation is a matter of great importance and also of great difficulty. In 1930, Butler, Feeney and Levine1 wrote on the cardiac patient as a surgical risk. They reviewed 414 cases with organic heart disease who had been subjected to operation. Their study, contrary to some previous reports, indicated that these patients tolerate operation reasonably well. In their series, comprising 494 operations, there were 60 deaths, a mortality of 12.1 per cent. If those patients whose cardiac condition was such as to have produced death regardless
PURKS WK. THE CAUSE OF DEATH OF PATIENTS WITH ORGANIC HEART DISEASE SUBJECTED TO SURGICAL OPERATION1. Ann Intern Med. 1934;7:885–894. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-7-7-885
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