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Some Factors Affecting Prognosis in Bacterial Endocarditis

Ann Intern Med. 1961;55(2):270-282. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-55-2-270
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In reviewing the experience of a decade with 85 cases of bacterial endocarditis, a startling disparity was noted in the results of treatment in this hospital compared with those generally reported in the literature. Only 22% of patients were known to be alive at the end of one year, in contrast to estimates of 80 to 90% in the literature. The data from these 85 cases were analyzed for clues to the poor results obtained.

No attempt was made to present a detailed analysis of all the features of the cases in this series, since excellent monographs are already available


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