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Type: Journal article
Title: A case of sudden death in Decameron IV.6: aortic dissection or atrial myxoma?
Author: Toscano, F.
Spani, G.
Papio, M.
Rühli, F.
Galassi, F.
Citation: Circulation Research, 2016; 119(2):187-189
Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Issue Date: 2016
ISSN: 0009-7330
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Fabrizio Toscano, Giovanni Spani, Michael Papio, Frank J. Rühli, Francesco M. Galassi
Abstract: Giovanni Boccaccio's Decameron contains a novella that details the sudden death of a young man called Gabriotto, including a portrayal of the discomfort that the protagonist experienced and a rudimentary autopsy performed by local physicians. The intriguing description of symptoms and pathologies has made it possible to read a 7-century-old case through the modern clinical lens. Thanks to the medical and philological analysis of the text-despite the vast difference between modern and medieval medicine-2 hypothetical diagnoses have emerged: either an aortic dissection or an atrial myxoma.
Keywords: Aneurysm, Dissecting
Rights: © 2016 American Heart Association, Inc.
DOI: 10.1161/CIRCRESAHA.116.309113
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