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August 9, 1952

The Prevention of Rheumatic Fever

Author Affiliations

By Lowell A. Rantz, M.D., Associate Professor of Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine, San Francisco. Publication number 125, American Lecture Series, monograph in American Lectures in Circulation, edited by Irvine H. Page, M.D., and A. C. Corcoran, M.D. Cloth. $2.25. Pp. 66, with 1 illustration. Charles C Thomas, Publisher, 301-327 E. Lawrence Ave., Springfield, Ill.; Blackwell Scientific Publications, Ltd., 49 Broad St., Oxford, England; Ryerson Press, 299 Queen St., W., Toronto 2B, 1952.

JAMA. 1952;149(15):1427. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930320067025

This brief monograph attempts to bring together the information that has accumulated in recent years regarding the role of Streptococcus in rheumatic fever. The author is primarily concerned with presenting evidence indicating the importance of prevention and early treatment of infection by the Streptococcus in the prophylaxis of rheumatic fever. On the basis of such evidence, specific recommendations for the prevention of rheumatic fever are discussed.

This monograph should be of great value to the pediatrician and internist interested in the problems of rheumatic fever. The brevity and simplicity of presentation should increase its usefulness for the student and house officer. With the exception of the small number of persons who still question the role of Streptococcus in rheumatic fever, there is little in the main theme of the subject matter that is controversial. Questions might be raised concerning the specific prophylactic procedures recommended, although most of them seem reasonable;

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