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May 14, 1898


JAMA. 1898;XXX(20):1181-1183. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02440720045006

It might seem as though the study of acute endocarditis had been fairly well exhausted, if one were to judge by the large number of articles of various kinds that have appeared concerning this subject during the last few years. When one reads carefully, however, the recent monograph by Francis Harbitz,1 of Kristiania, Norway, concerning endocarditis, its pathologic anatomy and its etiology, he may be agreeably surprised at finding that there are quite a few important clinical as well as etiologic and anatomic points in connection with this disease that have apparently escaped attention, and which could be brought out only by a careful histologic and bacteriologic study of a large series of cases.

Harbitz passes in review the various phases of the history of endocarditis. He refers to the epoch-making work of Bouillaud, who was the first to establish the existence of endocarditis as a distinct clinical entity,