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"An inflammation may attack the heart primarily, or be translated to it from some other part of the system. These attacks are of a very serious character, and may terminate fatally in a very short time; though it is stated that not more than one in six cases is wont to prove fatal. The principle evils to fear are the chronic affections resulting from the acute attack." These astute observations by Dr. John King were made in 1879 and published in his textbook The American Family Physician.
Interest in diseases of heart muscle was dormant for many years thereafter. In
Cardiomyopathy.. Ann Intern Med. ;78:473–474. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-78-3-473_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1973;78(3):473-474.
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