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Matters of the HeartHistory, Medicine, and Emotion$
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Fay Bound Alberti

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199540976

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199540976.001.0001

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Hunter's Heart: Pathological Anatomy and the Science of Disease

Hunter's Heart: Pathological Anatomy and the Science of Disease

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Matters of the Heart

Fay Bound Alberti

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the heart disease case of surgeon and anatomist John Hunter in relation to pathological anatomy and the science of the disease. Hunter died on October 16, 1793 and the autopsy found the cause of death as a diseased heart, a result of angina pectoris. The physician who conducted the autopsy suggested that Hunter's heart failed to carry out its functions either as a consequence of bodily exertion or of affections of the mind. This chapter provides background information on Hunter's life and career.

Keywords:   John Hunter, angina pectoris, heart disease, pathological anatomy, bodily exertion, autopsy

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