THOMAS N. STERN, M.D.
Ventricular fibrillation was first clinically demonstrated on a dying heart.1 Since that time it has been held to be a sign of grave prognostic significance. For many years it was described chiefly as an accidental finding demonstrated on an electrocardiogram at the time of death. However, scattered cases appeared in the literature in which the patient did not die immediately after onset of fibrillation. The series of Parkinson2 first demonstrated that ventricular fibrillation could be a cause for Adams-Stokes syndrome. In a recent review of Adams-Stokes syndrome caused by paroxysmal ventricular fibrillation,3 51 cases were found up until 1952. Average
STERN TN. PAROXYSMAL VENTRICULAR FIBRILLATION IN THE ABSENCE OF OTHER DISEASE1. Ann Intern Med. ;47:552–561. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-47-3-552
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1957;47(3):552-561.
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