HOMER F. SWIFT, M.D.
Although a causative rôle of streptococcal infections with respect to rheumatic fever is fairly widely accepted, the evidence for this opinion seems insufficient for the hypercritical. There are at least three attitudes concerning this question: (1) Acceptance of the thesis and a readiness to apply it practically to public health aspects of the problem; (2) Relative indifference to the information that has been laboriously collected and correlated; (3) Skepticism and reiteration of the statement that the cause of this disease is unknown, or claims that an unidentified virus is the offending agent. It is imprudent to belittle the rôle of
SWIFT HF. THE ETIOLOGY OF RHEUMATIC FEVER1. Ann Intern Med. 1949;31:715–738. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-31-5-715
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1949;31(5):715-738.
Infectious Disease, Rheumatology, Streptococcal Infections.
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