MACLYN MCCARTY, M.D.
The diagnosis of rheumatic fever offers no difficulties in those cases which present the classic clinical picture. Due to the great variability of the disease, however, only a minority of the total cases fall into this category, and it is frequently necessary to look to the laboratory for assistance in establishing the diagnosis. In view of this fact, it is unfortunate that none of the many tests employed provides an unequivocal answer concerning the occurrence of the disease. At the present time, no laboratory test is available which is comparable in its significance to the serologic tests for syphilis or
MCCARTY M. PRESENT STATUS OF DIAGNOSTIC TESTS FOR RHEUMATIC FEVER1. Ann Intern Med. 1952;37:1027–1034. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-37-5-1027
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1952;37(5):1027-1034.
Infectious Disease, Rheumatology, Streptococcal Infections.
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