WALTER H. ABELMANN, M.D.; LAURENCE B. ELLIS, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Six years ago, when surgery for aortic stenosis was little more than a daring experiment, we became interested in the clinical and physiologic aspects of this disease. Our first study,1 a retrospective analysis of 100 cases proved by autopsy at the Boston City Hospital, showed, first, that it occurs relatively commonly, being present in 1.9% of all autopsies, and, second, that the diagnosis was missed during life in no less than half of the cases studied. Furthermore, a review of symptoms, physical signs, as well as of the roentgenographic and electrocardiographic findings revealed that it was most difficult, if not
ABELMANN WH, ELLIS LB. SEVERE AORTIC STENOSIS IN ADULTS: EVALUATION BY CLINICAL AND PHYSIOLOGIC CRITERIA, AND RESULTS OF SURGICAL TREATMENT12. Ann Intern Med. ;51:449–460. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-51-3-449
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1959;51(3):449-460.
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