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December 8, 1928


JAMA. 1928;91(23):1761-1763. doi:10.1001/jama.1928.02700230001001

In this paper there might properly be considered the preventive treatment of heart disease. This would include the proper management of acute and chronic general and focal infections whose relation to acute carditis and so-called chronic fibrous myocarditis is rationally assumed, rather than proved, to be rather close. There would be stressed the prevention and early treatment of syphilis, a prolific cause of aortic and cardiac disease. Above all there would be emphasized the importance of doing what can be done to guard against rheumatism. Cooperation in the international study of rheumatism would be urged as a privilege and a duty for American medicine. There would also be mention of the regulation of modes of living in the attempt to prevent or postpone the early breakdown of the heart of valvular or myocardial disease or of hypertension. So, too, there would be noted a group with potential heart disease, those

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