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Ann Intern Med. 1938;11(8):1506-1509. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-11-8-1506
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If anything is to be accomplished in the prevention and treatment of pulmonary embolism, several things are necessary. A much keener appreciation of its frequency, a knowledge of the chief circumstances that favor its occurrence, an ability to recognize it in its mild and nonfatal forms, and an aggressive and systematic program aimed at prevention, are essential minimal requirements.

The incidence of fatal pulmonary embolism in unselected consecutive postmortem examinations is above 2 per cent.7, 13 Pulmonary embolism accounts for from 5 to 6 per cent of deaths following surgical procedures.12, 13 In McCartney's series it accounted for about 5


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