What are the functions of pericardium ?
• The pericardium protects and lubricates the heart.
• It contributes to the diastolic coupling of the left and right ventricles – an effect that is important in
cardiac tamponade and constrictive pericarditis.
W. Dressier (1890-1969), US physician educated in Vienna. He worked at the I
Manimoides Hospital, Brooklyn, New York.