Heart fever

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 24 March 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:737
  1. George Dunea, attending physician
  1. Cook County Hospital, Chicago, USA

    “Oh God, why do we have to watch all these autopsies,” said a bored medical student perched high up in the amphitheatre as the pathologist was dissecting a patient supposed to have died from mixed essential cryoglobulinaemia.

    This was decades ago, when autopsies had not yet gone the way of the horse and buggy. But, surprise—there were large vegetations on the aortic and mitral valves. What had blown out life's little candle, …

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