T. N. HARRIS, M.D.
The cardiac manifestations of rheumatic fever have a special diagnostic importance for several reasons. First, they determine the importance of the disease to the health and life of the patient. Second, they are the sole manifestations which may persist in the patient after recovery from the acute phase. Finally, they are the only signs of rheumatic disease in the apparently healthy subject on the basis of which a foregoing episode of acute rheumatic fever may be recognized or suspected.
The application of cardiac signs to the diagnosis of rheumatic heart disease is complicated, however, by the difficulty in interpreting observed
HARRIS TN. CARDIOLOGIC CRITERIA FOR THE DIAGNOSIS OF RHEUMATIC HEART DISEASE IN THE APPARENTLY HEALTHY SUBJECT1. Ann Intern Med. ;26:554–560. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-26-4-554
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1947;26(4):554-560.
Infectious Disease, Rheumatology, Streptococcal Infections.
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