Where are the diseases of yesteryear? DaCosta's syndrome, soldiers heart, the effort syndrome, neurocirculatory asthenia--and the mitral valve prolapse syndrome.

  title={Where are the diseases of yesteryear? DaCosta's syndrome, soldiers heart, the effort syndrome, neurocirculatory asthenia--and the mitral valve prolapse syndrome.},
  author={Charles F. Wooley},
  volume={53 5},
  • C. Wooley
  • Published 1 May 1976
  • Medicine
  • Circulation
DACOSTA DESCRIBED "IRRITABLE HEART" in 1871,1 a peculiar form of functional disorder of the heart seen in the military population during the War Between the States. He thought this disorder was similar to that described earlier among British troops in India and in the Crimean War. The disorder frequently presented either after an episode of diarrhea and persisted after the digestive disturbances had passed away, or originated suddenly without previous digestive disorder. Two-thirds of his 300… 

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