EDWIN M. M. BESTERMAN

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THE GROUP of diseases characterized by McKusick as generalized "heritable disorders of connective tissue" includes the Marfan syndrome, the Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, osteogenesis imperfecta, the Hurler syndrome, and pseudoxanthoma elasticum. With the exception of osteogenesis imperfecta, all of these have been known to involve significant cardiovascular(More)
Whole-blood viscosity, haematocrit and plasma-fibrinogen concentration were measured in 22 patients with angina and 22 controls. All four variables were significantly higher in patients with angina. When the viscosity was corrected to a standard haematocrit (45%), however, there was no significant difference in the mean viscosity of the two groups,(More)
Oral disopyramide given prophylactically following myocardial infarction has been compared with placebo in a double-blind trial using continuous-tape monoriting of the electocardiogram. It caused a significant reduction in the incidence of ventricular arrhythmias and of the various degrees of heart-block. There was a significant reduction of reinfarction(More)
Patients with acute myocardial infarction admitted to open wards of three hospitals were given either oral disopyramide (100 mg four times daily) or matching placebo, prophylactically, for seven days. The drug was associated with a significant reduction in mortality (p = 0-0025) and in incidence of extension of infarction (p = 0-01), ventricular(More)
A case history ispresented of a patient with symptoms of a phaeochromocytoma that could not, however, be located in the abdomen. She also had physical and radiological signs of mitral valve disease. After a laparotomy, cardiac investigations suggested the site of the tumour as retrocardiac. Operation confirmed this hitherto unreported site of a(More)