From Delirium Cordis to Atrial Fibrillation: Historical Development of a Disease Concept

@article{Flegel1995FromDC,
  title={From Delirium Cordis to Atrial Fibrillation: Historical Development of a Disease Concept},
  author={K Flegel},
  journal={Annals of Internal Medicine},
  year={1995},
  volume={122},
  pages={867-873}
}
  • K. Flegel
  • Published 1 June 1995
  • Medicine
  • Annals of Internal Medicine
Atrial fibrillation, the most prevalent of the sustained cardiac dysrhythmias [1-3], depends solely on functional abnormality for its conceptual definition [4]. The failure to identify a structural abnormality to explain the irregular pulse delayed the recognition of its cause until electricity, and the cardiovascular technology made possible by it, revealed the electrical basis of atrial fibrillation. Thereafter, a debate commenced over whether atrial fibrillation was sustained by an abnormal… 

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