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September 26, 1903


JAMA. 1903;XLI(13):788-789. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490320028002

Probably no subject in medicine has been more discussed in recent years than that of the possible etiologic relationship between the simple chorea of childhood and acute articular rheumatism. Nevertheless, there is at the present time no subject in which there is more need for clinical observation and for the collection of valuable statistics by the general practitioner than in this problem of the possible connection between these two very familiar affections. At the recent meeting of the British Medical Association two meetings of the Section on Children's Diseases were taken up with the discussion of chorea and rheumatism, and some of the best special authorities in pediatrics took part in it. The report of the section meeting in the British Medical Journal1 shows that while there is an almost universal agreement that chorea and rheumatism are frequently connected, it is now generally admitted that it is more because

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