DAVID H. JACKSON, M.D.
To the editor: In the last paragraph of "The Natural Course of Alcoholic Cardiomyopathy" (Ann Intern Med 80:293-297, 1974), the authors compare their data to those of McDonald, Burch, and Walsh and, it appears, incorrectly. They state that McDonald and his associates had shown a return to normal heart size in 21 of 42 patients and that that was 44%. Obviously, it is 50% of those who were followed. Furthermore, they said that in that group, the heart size of nine continued to remain normal when the patients were mobilized. But if 9 of the 21 whose heart size returned
JACKSON DH. Alcoholic Cardiomyopathy. Ann Intern Med. ;81:415–416. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-81-3-415
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1974;81(3):415-416.
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