ROBERT L. LEVY, M.D., F.A.C.P.
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There are many disturbances, both anatomical and physiological, which may cause pain in the region of the heart. To differentiate them and, in a given case, to determine the particular condition giving rise to discomfort, is the first requisite in diagnosis. The accurate definition of etiology often makes possible the distinction between a mild and a grave malady; it is essential for the institution of effective therapy.
As a cause of cardiac pain the drinking of coffee has received but scant attention, though briefly mentioned by some of the older clinicians. For example, Krehl1 states that "poisoning by coffee may
LEVY RL. AN ARTICLE CONTRIBUTED TO AN ANNIVERSARY VOLUME IN HONOR OF DR. JOSEPH HERSEY PRATT: COFFEE AS A CAUSE OF CARDIAC PAIN*. Ann Intern Med. 1937;11:833–837. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-11-5-833
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1937;11(5):833-837.
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