SIMON S. LEOPOLD, M.D., F.A.C.P.
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It has long been recognized that thrombi originating in the right side of the heart constitute a frequent threat of pulmonary embolism.
Many generations of medical students have been taught that sudden tragic deaths from massive pulmonary embolism following laparotomy, or occurring post-partum, resulted from thrombosis of the pelvic veins. An appreciable mortality which varied little in major clinics was thought to be inevitable and unavoidable.
In the past three years, it has been demonstrated beyond reasonable doubt that thrombosis of the deep veins of the legs is the usual cause of postoperative pulmonary embolism.
Thrombophlebitis complicating certain acute infections,
LEOPOLD SS. PULMONARY EMBOLISM1. Ann Intern Med. ;28:172–181. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-28-1-172
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1948;28(1):172-181.
Emergency Medicine, Pulmonary Embolism, Pulmonary/Critical Care, Venous Thromboembolism.
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