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March 1932

CHOREA GRAVIDARUMA STATISTICAL STUDY OF 951 COLLECTED CASES, 846 FROM THE LITERATURE AND 105 PREVIOUSLY UNREPORTED

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1932;49(3):471-533. doi:10.1001/archinte.1932.00150100128011
Abstract

In the summer of 1925 the attention of one of us (Dr. Willson) was directed to the complication of pregnancy with chorea by the opportunity to study a case and to treat the patient in his private practice. The patient recovered, but was so desperately ill and presented such a terrifying picture at the height of the disease that she aroused the greatest interest in all who saw her. A cursory examination of the literature undertaken at the time she was under treatment made it obvious that chorea gravidarum was a serious and very rare condition, with an estimated mortality of approximately from 25 to 33.33 per cent, and that there was absolutely no unanimity of opinion as to its true character, and hence, naturally, no accepted therapeusis, particularly with reference to the question of the necessity for interrupting pregnancy. These findings have led us to avail ourselves of the

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