RICHARD C. BATES, M.D., F.A.C.P.
The changing lights cast by new diagnostic aids and better therapy require that the classic concepts of the clinical picture of a disease be reexamined from time to time. The knowledge that rheumatic fever is always a sequel to a streptococcal infection, and that penicillin may prevent the disease1 and prevent reinfections resulting in recurrent attacks,2 should result in better mortality and morbidity statistics in the future. It seems likely, too, that prompt eradication of streptococci from patients with acute rheumatic fever may alter the familiar chronicity of the disease, as well as modify the severity of the attack. In
BATES RC. ACUTE RHEUMATIC FEVER: A STUDY OF 132 CASES IN YOUNG ADULTS1. Ann Intern Med. 1958;48:1017–1025. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-48-5-1017
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1958;48(5):1017-1025.
Infectious Disease, Rheumatology, Streptococcal Infections.
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