S. DE BOER
Morgagni1 observed this syndrome and described it accurately in 1765. Adams2 observed it in 1827 in a 68 year old patient. Stokes3 mentioned five cases in 1846. Adams and Stokes found their patients to have fatty degeneration of the cardiac muscle, and considered this to be the cause of the slow pulse and attacks of syncope.
When the brothers Weber and Budge discovered in 1846 that the vagus nerve exerted a retarding influence on the heart, the concept that this action caused the Morgagni-Adams-Stokes syndrome came more and more to the fore. This theory has been able to
DE BOER S. ON THE ORIGIN AND ESSENCE OF THE MORGAGNI-ADAMS-STOKES SYNDROME1. Ann Intern Med. ;37:48–64. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-37-1-48
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