GEORGE C. COE, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Primary malignant tumors of the heart are rare. The over-all tabulation of all primary tumors, benign and malignant, contains about 500 cases, of which about 50% are myxomas.1 In 1945 Straus and Merliss2 quoted statistics indicating a frequency of primary heart tumors of only 0.001% in 480,331 autopsies. In 1931 Yater3 compiled 46 primary sarcomas of the heart. During the next 10 years Weir and Jones4 found 29 additional cases. In 1945 Mahaim5 published his extensive monograph and included 87 cases to that date. By 1949 Whorton6 was able to increase the number of primary sarcomas to 100, and in
COE GC. PRIMARY RHABDOMYOSARCOMA OF THE HEART1. Ann Intern Med. 1960;52:1124–1138. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-52-5-1124
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