OSLER L. PETERSON, M.D.; BENEDICT J. DUFFY, M.D.
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To the editor: The following statement by Moss and colleagues (1) in the December issue raises a seriously neglected question.
Since the introduction of coronary care units, the reduced mortality from acute myocardial infarction is primarily owing to the prevention and prompt treatment of electrical instability of the cardiac rhythm. Although coronary care units have lowered the in-hospital mortality of acute coronary disease to about 15%. . . .
The question relates to the evidence upon which the widely accepted assumption about the benefits of these units is based.
Many of the clinical reports purporting to demonstrate the benefit of
PETERSON OL, DUFFY BJ. The CCU and Mortality. Ann Intern Med. ;76:510–511. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-76-3-510
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1972;76(3):510-511.
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