WM. J. KERR, M.D., F.A.C.P.
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Rheumatic fever is one of our most serious diseases. It attacks children primarily but under conditions of crowding, exposure, and fatigue, may affect older age groups in certain localities as was demonstrated in the recent war. The late manifestations of the disease are so disabling that they produce our most serious medical economic and social problems in the prime of life for those so afflicted.
There is abundant evidence that microörganisms of the streptococcus group are the etiological agents which initiate a train of reactions in the host resulting in the lesions characteristic of the disease. It is not proved
KERR WJ. PATHOGENESIS OF RHEUMATIC FEVER1. Ann Intern Med. 1948;29:587–594. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-29-4-587
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1948;29(4):587-594.
Infectious Disease, Rheumatology, Streptococcal Infections.
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