What is this article about?
Throughout history, pulmonary embolism (PE) has almost always been diagnosed on the autopsy table. In other words, it was considered a ‘terminal event’. Today, PE is seen as a modern-day medical dichotomy: we understand its minutia and yet, somehow, still fail to diagnose or tackle it appropriately. Appropriately treated, pulmonary embolism need not live up to its historical reputation as a life-ender.