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Rheumatic Fever

GORDON MANSON, MD
Am J Dis Child. 1965;110(3):344. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1965.02090030358036.
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Markowitz and Kuttner have done an excellent job in their preparation of this current monograph on rheumatic fever and their own broad experience has served to keep in proper perspective the divergent views referred to in the literature. Discussion of the changing pattern of frequency and severity of rheumatic fever introduces the reader to the subject and this is followed by an excellent summary of the biology of group A β-hemolytic streptococci. The text then reviews current thinking on pathogenesis, pathology, clinical manifestations, etc, in systematic textbook fashion. From an experience with children from the lower and middle economic strata, we have been more impressed than the authors with the effect of the nutritional state of the child on the course of the disease. The authors' discussion of these various aspects of rheumatic fever is well supported by an extensive bibliography which will be of service to anyone interested in

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