MAXWELL L. GELFAND, M.D., F.A.C.P.; LOUIS GOODKIN, M.D.
Although acute benign pericarditis has long been known to the medical profession under many different designations, it was not until 1942, when Barnes and Burchell described their 14 cases of acute pericarditis of the nonsuppurative type, that interest in this disease was stimulated.1 Recent years have witnessed an increased number of reports concerning the condition, and most observers have stressed its close resemblance to acute coronary occlusion with myocardial infarction.
It is extremely important to differentiate between acute benign pericarditis and myocardial infarction, because the prognosis and treatment of these two conditions are diametrically opposite. The former offers a good
GELFAND ML, GOODKIN L. ACUTE BENIGN NONSPECIFIC PERICARDITIS WITHOUT A PERICARDIAL FRICTION RUB1. Ann Intern Med. ;45:490–504. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-45-3-490
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1956;45(3):490-504.
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