RALPH B. BETTMAN, M.D.; WILLIAM TANNENBAUM, M.D.
The feasibility of ligation of a patent ductus arteriosus was first demonstrated by Gross.1 The fact that ligation of a patent ductus arteriosus in the presence of what appears to be a bacterial endocarditis may result in the cure of the disease was definitely established by Touroff2 and confirmed by several other reports.
However, inasmuch as medicine operates very much as law, on the basis of precedent, it will take an accumulation of statistics from many cases before the medical profession in general will become cognizant of this new therapeutic procedure. We, therefore, think it wise that for the next
BETTMAN RB, TANNENBAUM W. LIGATION OF PATENT DUCTUS ARTERIOSUS IN THE PRESENCE OF AN APPARENT BACTERIAL ENDOCARDITIS; REPORT OF CASE APPARENTLY CURED1. Ann Intern Med. 1944;21:1035–1037. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-21-6-1035
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1944;21(6):1035-1037.
Cardiology, Endocarditis, Infectious Disease.
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