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December 15, 1945

Foreign Letters

JAMA. 1945;129(16):1116-1118. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860500048018

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LONDON  (From Our Regular Correspondent)Nov. 10, 1945.

The Coordinating of Research on Rheumatic Fever and Heart Disease  The annual Harveian Oration, founded by Harvey in 1656, was delivered at the Royal College of Physicians by Dr. John Parkinson, cardiologist, who spoke on rheumatic heart disease. Rheumatic fever in childhood is the main source of heart disease up to the age of 40. The damage occurs between the ages of 5 and 15 years and exceeds tuberculosis as a cause of death up to the age of 20. It is estimated that almost one tenth of all rejections for war service were due to heart disease. The economic loss can be judged by the fact that the duration of economic activity of affected men is no more than ten years on an average. It is agreed that poverty and overcrowding are basic causes; rheumatic fever is rare in the children

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