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Medical and Scientific Library of W. Bruce Fye Part IV / CORONARY THROMBOSIS. The two earliest descriptions in print

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The two earliest descriptions in print:
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The two earliest descriptions in print:
1. OBRAZTSOV, VASILY. 1851-1920. AND NIKOLAI STRAZHESKO. 1876-1952. "Zur kenntniss der Thrombose der Koronararterien des Herzens." IN: Zeitschrift fur Klinische Medizin (vol. 71), pp. 116-132, Berlin 1910. Half leather and marbled boards. Very fine. FIRST EDITION
2. HERRICK, JAMES. 1961-1954. "Clinical Features of Sudden Obstruction of the Coronary Arteries." IN: Transactions of the Association of American Physicians (volume 27), pp 100-116, Philadelphia: 1912. Contemporary blue cloth. Bookplate of the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital on front paste-down, light toning throughout. FIRST EDITION
WITH: HERRICK, JAMES. "Memories of Eighty Years. Chicago: 1949. Publisher's cloth, dust jacket. INSCRIBED TO JAMES T. CASE AND SIGNED (on a tipped in slip). FIRST EDITION

"First complete description of coronary thrombosis, diagnosed before death and confirmed at necropsy" (Garrison-Morton-Norman 2835.) This classic paper by the two physicians of Kiev preceded Chicago physician James B. Herrick's description by two years. Historian Joshua Leibowitz discusses the great significance of this publication in detail. He writes, "Obraztsov and Straschesko (1910) and Herrick (1912) ... deserve the credit given to them for having initiated the definitive understanding of cardiac infarction as a clinically recognizable morbid entity, which was later acknowledged to be a very common condition.... These papers no longer call the condition 'angina pectoris', but 'thrombosis and obstruction of the coronaries.'" See Leibowitz, The History of Coronary Heart Disease. See also W. Bruce Fye, "The delayed diagnosis of myocardial infarction: It took half a century," Circulation 72, 1985, pp 262-271, and James E. Muller, "Diagnosis of myocardial infarction: Historical notes from the Soviet Union and the United States," American Journal of Cardiology 40 (1977 269-271. Herrick's work is an "outstanding description of coronary thrombosis. Herrick showed that sudden coronary occlusion is not necessarily fatal" (Garrison-Morton-Norman 2839.) The first description in English of the clinical syndrome of acute myocardial infarction with survival. This original publication of Herrick's paper, in the Transactions is more significant and much rarer than the JAMA version (published in December). The Association of American Physicians was a small elite group: only 86 members were present in Atlantic City when Herrick delivered his talk on May 14th. He recalled decades later: "The paper, when read in 1912 before the Association of American Physicians, aroused no interest. It fell like a dud." This original publication of Herrick's classic presentation includes a brief discussion by Emanuel Libman that was not included in the JAMA version, which was published subsequently.

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