ISAAC STARR JR.; C. J. GAMBLE
The heart is an organ with but one function. Its function is to pump the blood; it does nothing else. For this reason we have a clearer understanding of the heart than of any other organ. We can make pumps; but who can manufacture a working model of any other viscus? One can consider the heart's function in much the same way as one would consider the performance of any man-made pump.
There is no need to present the details of the methods available for measuring the amount of blood pumped by the heart, the cardiac output. All these methods
STARR I, GAMBLE CJ. CARDIAC OUTPUT IN COMMON CLINICAL CONDITIONS, AND THE DIAGNOSIS OF MYOCARDIAL INSUFFICIENCY BY CARDIAC OUTPUT METHODS1. Ann Intern Med. ;9:569–578. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-9-5-569
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1935;9(5):569-578.
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