Medicine: Angina Then & Now

Only 30 years ago the diagnosis of angina pectoris "was tantamount to the issuance of a death warrant." Today the panic associated with it has gone, and after 30 more years medical science may have reduced it to the status of an interesting rarity. So says famed Cardiologist Arthur M. Master of Manhattan's Mount Sinai Hospital in the A.M.A. Journal. Angina pectoris (literally, suffocating pain in the chest) is caused by sclerosis of the coronary arteries in a clutching, chronic form—less dramatic than the violent seizure of the heart attack, when a coronary...

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