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July 11, 1953


JAMA. 1953;152(11):987-990. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.03690110001001

In October, 1948, a two-and-a-half-year pilot project for home care of children with active rheumatic fever was instituted at Montefiore Hospital, New York City. This project was sponsored by the New York Heart Association and was an extension of the home care program begun at Montefiore Hospital in 1947.1 The purpose of the project was to determine whether a standard of care comparable to that given in a general hospital or in a specialized institution for the care of patients with rheumatic fever could be given in the home with perhaps greater over-all benefit to the child. The program also covered the emotional and social problems of the rheumatic fever patient and his family. This report, however, is limited to the medical aspects of the program.

ORGANIZATION  The children included in the program were drawn from the geographical area of upper Manhattan and Bronx County of New York City,