RAYMOND GELFMAN, M.D.
It is well known that the possibility of developing acute or subacute bacterial endocarditis constitutes a decided threat to the patient with rheumatic disease.1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 Fully 20 to 25 per cent of all patients whose hearts have been the site of preëxisting rheumatic activity are said to fall prey to the ravages of infectious endocarditis. Moreover, 90 per cent or more of all bacterial endocarditis is found in hearts that have been previously damaged by the rheumatic infection.5
Believing that it might prove profitable to inquire once again into the incidence of superimposed infectious processes
GELFMAN R. THE INCIDENCE OF ACUTE AND SUBACUTE BACTERIAL ENDOCARDITIS IN RHEUMATIC HEART DISEASE1. Ann Intern Med. ;19:253–255. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-19-2-253
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1943;19(2):253-255.
Cardiology, Endocarditis, Infectious Disease, Rheumatology, Streptococcal Infections.
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