H. ARENBERG, M.D.
Cardiac damage resulting from chest trauma has been known to occur ever since postmortem examinations became a part of medical investigation. Until recently, however, it was believed that most cases of cardiac damage were fatal, and that they occurred only in severe, penetrating chest injuries. In the past two decades, however, and particularly with the advent of electrocardiography, numerous clinical and experimental studies have demonstrated that many cases of severe cardiac damage, including rupture of the heart, result from non-penetrating chest injuries, although the thoracic cage remains intact without as much as a fractured rib.3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9,
ARENBERG H. TRAUMATIC HEART DISEASE: A CLINICAL STUDY OF 250 CASES OF NON-PENETRATING CHEST INJURIES AND THEIR RELATION TO CARDIAC DISABILITY1. Ann Intern Med. ;19:326–346. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-19-2-326
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1943;19(2):326-346.
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