SOMA WEISS, M.D., F.A.C.P.; ROBERT W. WILKINS, M.D.
During the past half century significant advances have been made in our knowledge of the etiology of valvular heart disease. Likewise, the recognition of the rôle of arterial hypertension, coronary disease, rheumatic myocarditis, adhesive pericarditis, hyperthyroidism, diphtheria and other infectious diseases has enabled clinicians to account for the majority of instances of non-valvular myocardial disease. There remain, nevertheless, a considerable number of patients who present manifestations of myocardial failure without valvular disease or any recognized type of myocardial disease. We have been prone to diagnose such obscure cases as "arteriosclerotic," "coronary" or "hypertensive" heart disease. A rigid scrutiny of evidence,
WEISS S, WILKINS RW. AN ARTICLE CONTRIBUTED TO AN ANNIVERSARY VOLUME IN HONOR OF DOCTOR JOSEPH HERSEY PRATT: THE NATURE OF THE CARDIOVASCULAR DISTURBANCES IN NUTRITIONAL DEFICIENCY STATES (BERIBERI)1. Ann Intern Med. ;11:104–148. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-11-1-104
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1937;11(1):104-148.
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