WALTER W. JETTER, M.D.; PAUL D. WHITE, M.D., F.A.C.P.
The desirability of recognizing the presence of a myocardial infarct in its earliest stage and of instituting promptly a régime of sedation and bed rest has long been one of the cardinal precepts of clinical practice. It is generally believed that by reducing the physiological demands upon the damaged myocardium to a minimum the danger of rupture is decreased and the likelihood of repair is enhanced.
The postmortem findings in a series of ambulant mentally ill persons in whom sudden collapse and death were unexpected because of absence or perversion of subjective reaction to visceral disease have provided striking confirmation
JETTER WW, WHITE PD. RUPTURE OF THE HEART IN PATIENTS IN MENTAL INSTITUTIONS(RUPTURE OF THE HEART IN PATIENTS IN MENTAL INSTITUTIONS*). Ann Intern Med. 1944;21:783–802. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-21-5-783
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1944;21(5):783-802.
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