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July 12, 1890

ACUTE RHEUMATISM IN CHILDREN.Read in the Section of Diseases of Children, at the Forty-first Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, held at Nashville, Tenn., May, 1890.

Author Affiliations

OF BOSTON, MASS., LECTURER ON DISEASES OF CHILDREN IN THE COLLEGE OF PHY SICIANS AND SURGEONS, BOSTON.

JAMA. 1890;XV(2):60-63. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410280020001f

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Abstract

It is not my intention in this paper to enter into a discussion of all the etiological factors or the theories of blood changes occurring in acute rheumatism; neither can I offer anything especially new in the study of this disease; but I propose to outline the main points of interest which may arise in connection with acute rheumatism as observed in children, contrasted to those observed in adults.

The study of acute rheumatism in children comprises a far wider range of territory, and gives us a more complete conception of its nature, than in the cases of adults. The finely organized and delicate tissues of a child offer a more extended area for the distribution of rheumatic disturbances. Its pathological range is not limited to the fibro-serous structures so uniformly, but may also comprise the mucous membranes and the skin. The statement that acute rheumatism in children is

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