Bruce R. Leslie, MD
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Leslie BR. Adiposity of the Heart. Ann Intern Med. 2006;145:554. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-145-7-200610030-00019
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2006;145(7):554.
TO THE EDITOR:
Readers of the article by McGavock and colleagues (1) may be interested to know that the renowned U.S. physician Austin Flint was among the first to describe fatty heart, nearly 150 years ago. In his textbook on diseases of the heart, Flint wrote, “Morbid growth or hypertrophy of the adipose tissue … is often associated with that tendency to superabundance of fat which constitutes obesity. This tendency is directed towards the heart, after middle life, in persons of indolent and luxurious habits” (2). Flint's observations were made during his tenure as visiting attending physician at New Orleans Charity Hospital, where he also described the heart murmur that bears his name.
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