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Eli Davis reports in detail an epidemiological study of rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease in Jerusalem. This was an extensive study involving 749 rheumatics and various groups of control subjects. One of the major points examined was the familial prevalence of rheumatism. The author concludes that heredity should be regarded as an important factor in the development of rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease. As in other studies of this nature, the exact role of heredity cannot be defined from the data presented, for it was not possible to obtain concise data relating to the role of the inciting
Rheumatic Fever. Clinical, Ecological and Familial Aspects.. Ann Intern Med. ;72:607. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-72-4-607_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1970;72(4):607.
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