Medicine: Short-Circuited Heart

An agonizing stab in the shoulder, a strangling sensation in the throat, lightning pains down the left arm, a drenching sweat, a cold grey face—over it all an "indescribable feeling of anguish and a sense of imminent dissolution angor animi." This is the classic picture of the dread angina pectoris (heart attack). Rapidly on the increase, angina pectoris (usually connected with diseases of the heart's arteries) claims over 10,000 victims in the U. S. every year, mostly middle-aged professional men (doctors are especially vulnerable) who work, eat, smoke, drink too hard.

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