WARFIELD T. LONGCOPE, M.D., F.A.C.P.
The statement can frequently be found in textbooks and monographs that rheumatic fever is ubiquitous. This generalization (which is often attributed to Hirsch1) can, however, scarcely be accepted today. Aside from the interest which has always been aroused by the seasonal incidence and familial occurrence of rheumatic fever, as well as the yearly variations in the severity of the disease, there has recently been some attempt to study, more accurately than has been possible before, the geographical distribution of the disease. The matter is one of importance not only in relation to rheumatic fever but in connection with other diseases.
LONGCOPE WT. Variations in Manifestations of Rheumatic Fever in Relation to Climate1. Ann Intern Med. ;5:401–407. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-5-4-401
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1931;5(4):401-407.
Infectious Disease, Rheumatology, Streptococcal Infections.
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