History: Carey Coombs

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In the acute stage of acute rheumatic mitral valvulitis there may be a transient, short diastolic murmur. It is presumably due to edema of the leaflets.

The murmur was described by Dr. Carey Coombs .

His 1924 monograph on rheumatic heart disease was a standard reference on the subject.

He also did pioneering work with coronary artery disease.


Fye WB. Carey F. Coombs. Clin Cardiol. 1992 Nov;15(11):868-9.

Weston CF. Carey Franklin Coombs 1879-1932. Bristol Med Chir J. 1989 Nov;104(4):97-10.

Goldstein L. Carey Coombs' murmur. Kardiol Pol. 1965;8(4):325-6.

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