MYRVIN H. ELLESTAD, M.D.; JOSEPH REED, M.D.
Since the description by Thorn1 of the eosinophil test for adrenal cortical function and the more general acceptance of Selye's work2 emphasizing the importance of the adrenal steroids in adaptation to all stress, the level of circulating eosinophils has been studied in many disease states.
Thorn, Roche, Recant3 and others have shown typical responses to anesthesia, surgical procedures, infections, etc., dependent on an intact hypophyseal-adrenal axis. A few counts following coronary occlusion have been reported.4 In this study, 44 patients with suspected acute myocardial infarction or congestive failure have been followed with daily eosinophil counts to determine the level of
ELLESTAD MH, REED J. CIRCULATING EOSINOPHILS IN CARDIOVASCULAR STRESS1. Ann Intern Med. ;36:551–561. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-36-2-551
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1952;36(2_Part_2):551-561.
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