M. S. RAWLINGS, M.D.
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To the editor: I notice in the August 1970 issue of the ANNALS (p. 335, an editorial note) a comment by Dr. Morton E. Tavel that careful study of the "straight back syndrome" suggests a fortuitous combination of skeletal deformities and normal variant heart sounds. All of this, of course, is exactly why the condition is called a "syndrome" rather than a disease. The only error in the description is the use of the word "fortuitous." The incidence of these abnormal sounds (or false heart enlargement) is so unusually high when a straight back is present (or pectus excavatum, for
M. S. RAWLINGS. Straight Back Syndrome?. Ann Intern Med. 1971;74:300. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-74-2-300_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1971;74(2):300.
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