Harriet S. This book is an account of the origin and evolution of angina pectoris. Historically, the first description of angina pectoris by a medical person, Dr William Heberden, was in During the next decade, the number of similar patients that Heberden saw increased nearly fourfold, and many other English medical writers reported cases of angina. Before Heberden, descriptions of a chest pain syndrome resembling angina pectoris were scarce, nor is it clear whether they were in fact angina pectoris and, if so, whether the angina was due to coronary atherosclerosis or was coronary-independent.
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William Heberden — was an English physician. First published in Latin in with English translation by William Heberden the younger, in Considered to be the father of rheumatology, the first physician to distinguish between osteoarthritis and gout.
What are those little hard knobs, about the size of a small pea, which are frequently seen upon the fingers, particularly a little below the top, near the joint? They have no connexion with the gout, being found in persons who never had it; they continue for life; and being hardly ever attended with pain, or disposed to become sores, are rather unsightly, than inconvenient, though they must be some little hindrance to the free use of the fingers.
Heberden was the first to describe angina pectoris in substantial detail, characterize it as a disease entity, and name it. There is a disorder of the breast marked with strong and peculiar symptoms, considerable for the kind of danger belonging to it, and not extremely rare, of which I do not recollect any mention among medical authors, which deserves to be mentioned more at length. The seat of it, and sense of strangling, and anxiety with which it is attended, may make it not improperly be called angina pectoris.
They who are afflicted with it, are seized while they are walking, more especially if it be up hill, and soon after eating with a painful and most disagreeable sensation in the breast, which seems as if it would extinguish life, if it were to increase or to continue; but the moment they stand still, all this uneasiness vanishes.
Initially known as Heberden-Willan disease. Shortly after William Heberden published his original description of the clinical features of angina pectoris in , he received an intriguing letter from an unnamed physician who suffered from the disease. This astute observer not only predicted his own sudden death, but also offered his body in the benevolent hope that autopsy correlation would contribute to the understanding of the cause of angina pectoris.
The letter and the autopsy were recorded in medical Transactions [ ; 3: Asynchronous learning FOAMed evangelist. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Dr Mike Cadogan. Leave a Reply Cancel reply. Blog Stats 36,, visitors.
Heberden's Angina-Pathophysiology and Treatment
No account yet? Start here. Despite the availability of effective therapies for coronary artery spasm, the diagnosis of variant angina is infrequently considered in patients with angina. Read here how to diagnose and evaluate. In , William Heberden, a British physician, aptly described the features of classical angina of effort, remarking on its occurrence with exertion and prompt resolution with rest.
William Heberden 13 August — 17 May was an English physician. He was born in London , where he received the early part of his education at St Saviour's Grammar School. In he became a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in London; and two years later he settled in London, where he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society in , and enjoyed an extensive medical practice for more than thirty years. At the age of seventy-two he partially retired, spending his summers at a house he had taken at Windsor , but he continued to practice in London during the winter for some years longer. In he was made an honorary member of the Paris Royal Society of Medicine.