JOHN P. HUBBARD, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Today we hear a great deal about the prevention of rheumatic fever. The leading slogan of the American Heart Association this year is, "Stop Rheumatic Fever." The campaign is accompanied by leaflets, illustrated brochures and films. Wide circulation has been given to a statement entitled "Prevention of Rheumatic Fever and Bacterial Endocarditis through Control of Streptococcal Infections."
The campaign is twofold: to prevent first-attack rheumatic fever in the general population, and to prevent recurrent episodes in individuals who have already had a first attack.
Prophylactic measures directed toward the second of these objectives have now become well established. Today there
HUBBARD JP. PREVENTION OF FIRST-ATTACK RHEUMATIC FEVER1. Ann Intern Med. ;43:504–510. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-43-3-504
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1955;43(3):504-510.
Infectious Disease, Rheumatology, Streptococcal Infections.
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