BURTIS B. BREESE, M.D.; MARJORIE T. BELLOWS; EDWARD E. FISCHEL, M.D.; ANN KUTTNER, M.D.; BENEDICT F. MASSELL, M.D.; CHARLES H. RAMMELKAMP JR., M.D.; EDWARD R. SCHLESINGER, M.D.
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The following recommendations for the prevention of rheumatic fever are published by request of the Council on Rheumatic Fever and Congenital Heart Disease of the American Heart Association.
Rheumatic fever is a recurrent disease which can be prevented. It is now generally agreed that both the initial and recurrent attacks of the disease are usually precipitated by infections with beta hemolytic streptococci. Therefore, the prevention of rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease depends upon the control of streptococcal illnesses. This may be successfully accomplished by (1) early and adequate treatment of streptococcal infections in all individuals and (2) prevention of
BREESE BB, BELLOWS MT, FISCHEL EE, et al. PREVENTION OF RHEUMATIC FEVER. Ann Intern Med. 1953;38:343–348. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-38-2-343
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1953;38(2):343-348.
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