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Wireless: The Life and Death of Guglielmo Marconi.

Abstract With little training in physics, Guglielmo Marconi developed the invention that stunned the world by wirelessly connecting ships and continents. Ten years before his death, he sustained a myocardial infarction followed by unmistakable angina pectoris. His personality and unhappy family life limited his ability to cope with his disease and to deal with Italy's most respected physicians. But their descriptions of his diagnosis and management are surprisingly few. Poor record keeping, intentional news suppression of his failing health or limited medical opportunities could be the reason for this lack of information. He died in 1937 when the value of electrocardiograms and X-rays were recognized (he had neither), but therapeutic options were severely limited. To gain insight into his care, we compared contemporary Italian understanding of coronary heart disease to British and American teachings. When he died of an acute coronary syndrome, heart failure and dysrhythmias, he was attended only by medical staff, but by none of his large family.
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Mayor MeshTerms

Famous Persons

Keywords

Heart disease

Italian Cardiology

Radio

Journal Title the american journal of the medical sciences
Publication Year Start




PMID- 28641712
OWN - NLM
STAT- MEDLINE
DA  - 20170623
DCOM- 20170628
LR  - 20170628
IS  - 1538-2990 (Electronic)
IS  - 0002-9629 (Linking)
VI  - 353
IP  - 6
DP  - 2017 Jun
TI  - Wireless: The Life and Death of Guglielmo Marconi.
PG  - 511-515
LID - S0002-9629(16)30729-7 [pii]
LID - 10.1016/j.amjms.2016.12.022 [doi]
AB  - With little training in physics, Guglielmo Marconi developed the invention that
      stunned the world by wirelessly connecting ships and continents. Ten years before
      his death, he sustained a myocardial infarction followed by unmistakable angina
      pectoris. His personality and unhappy family life limited his ability to cope
      with his disease and to deal with Italy's most respected physicians. But their
      descriptions of his diagnosis and management are surprisingly few. Poor record
      keeping, intentional news suppression of his failing health or limited medical
      opportunities could be the reason for this lack of information. He died in 1937
      when the value of electrocardiograms and X-rays were recognized (he had neither),
      but therapeutic options were severely limited. To gain insight into his care, we 
      compared contemporary Italian understanding of coronary heart disease to British 
      and American teachings. When he died of an acute coronary syndrome, heart failure
      and dysrhythmias, he was attended only by medical staff, but by none of his large
      family.
CI  - Copyright (c) 2017 Southern Society for Clinical Investigation. Published by
      Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
FAU - Smulyan, Harold
AU  - Smulyan H
AD  - State University of New York, Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY.
      Electronic address: [email protected]
FAU - Pinals, Robert S
AU  - Pinals RS
AD  - Rutgers University, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ.
FAU - Pinals, Lisa
AU  - Pinals L
AD  - Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Tufts University, Medford, MA.
FAU - Villarreal, Daniel
AU  - Villarreal D
AD  - State University of New York, Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY.
LA  - eng
PT  - Biography
PT  - Editorial
PT  - Historical Article
PT  - Portraits
PL  - United States
TA  - Am J Med Sci
JT  - The American journal of the medical sciences
JID - 0370506
SB  - AIM
SB  - IM
MH  - Acute Coronary Syndrome/*history
MH  - Arrhythmias, Cardiac/*history
MH  - *Famous Persons
MH  - Heart Failure/*history
MH  - History, 19th Century
MH  - History, 20th Century
MH  - Humans
MH  - Inventors/*history
MH  - Italy
MH  - Male
MH  - Wireless Technology/*history
PS  - Marconi G
FPS - Marconi, Guglielmo
OTO - NOTNLM
OT  - Heart disease
OT  - Italian Cardiology
OT  - Radio
EDAT- 2017/06/24 06:00
MHDA- 2017/06/29 06:00
CRDT- 2017/06/24 06:00
PHST- 2016/11/11 [received]
PHST- 2016/12/15 [revised]
PHST- 2016/12/30 [accepted]
AID - S0002-9629(16)30729-7 [pii]
AID - 10.1016/j.amjms.2016.12.022 [doi]
PST - ppublish
SO  - Am J Med Sci. 2017 Jun;353(6):511-515. doi: 10.1016/j.amjms.2016.12.022.