We're unable to sign you in at this time. Please try again in a few minutes.
We were able to sign you in, but your subscription(s) could not be found. Please try again in a few minutes.
There may be a problem with your account. Please contact the AMA Service Center to resolve this issue.
Contact the AMA Service Center:
Telephone: 1 (800) 262-2350 or 1 (312) 670-7827  *   Email: subscriptions@jamanetwork.com
Error Message ......
Article |

Unaccustomed As I Am to....

Samuel Vaisrub, MD
JAMA. 1973;226(10):1226-1227. doi:10.1001/jama.1973.03230100048014.
Text Size: A A A
Published online


Public speaking is often a stressful chore. Just how stressful becomes apparent on reading a recent report by Taggart and associates.1 Prompted by their previous observations2 that physiological changes accompany the unpleasant symptoms experienced by some public speakers, these investigators recorded pulse rates, electrocardiograms, and plasma catecholamine and fatty acid concentrations in 30 subjects—7 with coronary heart disease—speaking before an audience. Electrocardiograms were monitored during the speeches, and chemical analyses were made on blood samples drawn immediately before and after speaking.

All subjects manifested tachycardia, the fastest heart rates reaching 180 beats per minute. The majority had characteristic electrocardiographic abnormalities—depressed J points in those with normal hearts and depressed S-T segments in sufferers from coronary artery heart disease. All but two of the latter group had multiple, often multifocal ventricular ectopic beats. These occurred only in a minority of subjects with normal hearts. While epinephrine concentration remained unchanged,


Sign in

Purchase Options

• Buy this article
• Subscribe to the journal
• Rent this article ?




Also Meets CME requirements for:
Browse CME for all U.S. States
Accreditation Information
The American Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The AMA designates this journal-based CME activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM per course. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Physicians who complete the CME course and score at least 80% correct on the quiz are eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.
Note: You must get at least of the answers correct to pass this quiz.
Please click the checkbox indicating that you have read the full article in order to submit your answers.
Your answers have been saved for later.
You have not filled in all the answers to complete this quiz
The following questions were not answered:
Sorry, you have unsuccessfully completed this CME quiz with a score of
The following questions were not answered correctly:
Commitment to Change (optional):
Indicate what change(s) you will implement in your practice, if any, based on this CME course.
Your quiz results:
The filled radio buttons indicate your responses. The preferred responses are highlighted
For CME Course: A Proposed Model for Initial Assessment and Management of Acute Heart Failure Syndromes
Indicate what changes(s) you will implement in your practice, if any, based on this CME course.


Some tools below are only available to our subscribers or users with an online account.

0 Citations

Sign in

Purchase Options

• Buy this article
• Subscribe to the journal
• Rent this article ?

Related Content

Customize your page view by dragging & repositioning the boxes below.