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The opening sentence in the preface is rather surprising. The author states that it "is a remarkable fact that so familiar a feature of everyday practice as rheumatic heart disease has not hitherto been made the subject of a monograph." This treatise is not a compilation or a critical review of the work of others, but represents a long personal study and survey of the disease as it has occurred in the experience of the author. There is, however, a short bibliography at the end of each chapter and an excellent index is appended. Dr. Poynton suggested this problem to the author in 1903 and an intensive study and survey were made in Bristol during the next twenty years. The work was further stimulated by the interest of Sir Clifford Allbutt and greatly aided by several grants from the Medical Research Council. The book is well illustrated and is divided
Rheumatic Heart Disease.. Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1926;38(4):551-552. doi:10.1001/archinte.1926.00120280143012