C. P. HOWARD, B.A., M.D., F.R.C.P.
The appreciation that the rheumatic virus may in certain cases attack both lung and pleura dates back almost two hundred years. Thus Boerhaave,1 in 1737, stated that rheumatism invades "sometimes the brain, lungs and bowels." Störck2 in 1762 also recognized the pleurisy of rheumatism. Maximillian Stoll3 in 1788 was, however, the first to speak of "rheumatic pleurisy" and "rheumatic peripneumonia," but like Boerhaave gave no pathological description of these lesions. Chomel4 in 1813 spoke with great caution of the inflammation of the pleura or lung which follows rheumatism. Latham5 in 1845 and Fuller6 in 1854 fearlessly championed the conception of
HOWARD CP. THE RHEUMATIC LUNG1. Ann Intern Med. 1933;7:165–171. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-7-2-165
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1933;7(2):165-171.
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