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"The heart is simply a muscle" and first description of the tetralogy of "Fallot". Early contributions to cardiac anatomy and pathology by bishop and anatomist Niels Stensen (1638-1686).
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PMID:  20965586     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
BACKGROUND: Many are familiar with the parotid duct and the Danish physician/anatomist's name associated with it. However, most are unaware of Niels Stensen's life and his significant contributions to the early study of the heart. For example, he found that the heart is simply muscle and was the first to describe what we now refer to as the tetralogy of Fallot.
METHODS: A review of germane literature regarding this pioneer of cardiac anatomy was performed.
CONCLUSIONS: This physician of the Medici court was clearly ahead of his time and found errors in the publications of such giants as Varolius and Willis. The tetralogy of Fallot should rightfully, be termed the tetralogy of Stensen. The present review discusses the life of this 17th century anatomist, physician and priest/bishop and highlights his contributions to cardiac anatomy and pathology.
R Shane Tubbs; Nicholas Gianaris; Mohammadali M Shoja; Marios Loukas; Aaron A Cohen Gadol
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-10-20
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of cardiology     Volume:  154     ISSN:  1874-1754     ISO Abbreviation:  Int. J. Cardiol.     Publication Date:  2012 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-01-20     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8200291     Medline TA:  Int J Cardiol     Country:  Netherlands    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  312-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
Pediatric Neurosurgery, Children's Hospital, Birmingham, AL, USA.
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