ELIOT CORDAY, M.D.; RAMON SPRITZLER, M.D.; MYRON PRINZMETAL, M.D.
Little is known about the reserve contractile power of the heart. This is in marked contrast to the extensive knowledge available in regard to the reserve power of other vital organs. Thus, it is known that animals can continue to live with 25 per cent of one kidney,1 40 per cent of one lung,2 20 per cent of the liver,3 16 per cent of the adrenal cortex,4 and 6 per cent of the small intestine.5 In the case of these organs, the method of investigation is technically easy. In serial experiments upon the same or successive animals, increasing portions of
CORDAY E, SPRITZLER R, PRINZMETAL M. STUDIES ON THE CORONARY CIRCULATION. VII. THE REMARKABLE RESERVE POWER OF THE HEART1. Ann Intern Med. 1949;31:450–455. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-31-3-450
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