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May 9, 1891


JAMA. 1891;XVI(19):674-675. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410710026008

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Endocarditis during Measles.  —Mr. J. H. Hutchinson submitted a contribution to the Royal Medical and Chirurgical Society of London, at its meeting of April 14, 1891, in which a connection was held to subsist between measles and endocarditis, four cases being cited in which the heart affection developed during the course of the acute exanthematous disease. The opinions of the medical gentlemen present were divided on the subject, some declaring that heretofore unexplainable cases might find solution through the possible influence of the specific poisons producing the acute febrile diseases of childhood. The cases presented by N. W. Hutchinson, though few, were yet sustained, in a measure, by the post-mortem appearances of other cases with like characteristics.This connection—or, as we should more readily believe, coincidence—has been noted before. We quote Garrod, as follows: "Dr. Sansom is of opinion that the importance of measles as a predisposing cause of endocarditis

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