LOUIS HAMMAN, F.A.C.P.
If we base our views about the course of subacute bacterial endocarditis solely upon routine observations made in the clinic, we must conclude that it is an exceptionally malignant disease, for almost invariably it ends in death. Reckoned from the time symptoms first appear the average duration of the illness is about six months and only seldom does the affected patient live longer than a year. In 1924 Thayer reported that of 206 cases, collected from the records of the Johns Hopkins Hospital, none had recovered. As far as I know the uniform mortality of the disease at that hospital
HAMMAN L. AN ARTICLE CONTRIBUTED TO AN ANNIVERSARY VOLUME IN HONOR OF DOCTOR JOSEPH HERSEY PRATT: HEALED BACTERIAL ENDOCARDITIS1. Ann Intern Med. ;11:175–194. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-11-1-175
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1937;11(1):175-194.
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