JAMES H. WATSON, M.D.; WARREN M. BARTHOLOMAE, M.D.
The concept of trauma as a cause of heart disease has been well established. Considerable attention has been directed toward the dramatic effects of penetrating chest wounds upon the heart. It should be emphasized that nonpenetrating chest injuries may also produce significant cardiac damage, and that minor amounts of damage occur with great frequency in cases of chest injury.
Our interest in this subject was aroused by following a patient with a myocardial contusion. His electrocardiograms revealed serial changes, but after six months they had not returned to normal. No previous electrocardiogram was available as a base line observation. A
WATSON JH, BARTHOLOMAE WM. CARDIAC INJURY DUE TO NONPENETRATING CHEST TRAUMA1. Ann Intern Med. ;52:871–880. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-52-4-871
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1960;52(4):871-880.
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