ALBERT S. HYMAN, M.D.
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Rupture of the heart is always of serious moment; death is said to follow almost instantaneously. This is especially true of the so-called "spontaneous ruptures" of the heart where the underlying pathology has in most cases been due to a previous disturbance in the circulation of the coronary vessels.
Ruptures of the heart as a result of trauma, gunshot, or penetrating wounds are, however, not necessarily fatal. I have reported the instance of a young negro who was able to run nearly a quarter of a mile with a knife blade sticking through his chest and piercing the left ventricle.
HYMAN AS. Spontaneous Rupture of the Heart; Perforation of the Interventricular Septum12. Ann Intern Med. 1930;3:800–807. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-3-8-800
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1930;3(8):800-807.
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