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January 1958

Irvington House Conference on the Rheumatic Child and His World.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1958;101(1):159-160. doi:10.1001/archinte.1958.00260130173023

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The Irvington House Conference on The Rheumatic Child is a comprehensive report concerning the over-all medical and nonmedical services which are maintained for the patient with rheumatic fever. The article is of interest primarily to those who treat children afflicted with rheumatic fever and is a group discussion of cases representing the opinions of the social worker, doctor, etc. as to the present and future handling of certain problem cases. The session follows the same pattern one would expect regarding patients in a sanitarium or hospital for long-term care, such as tuberculosis, polio, and cerebral palsy.

For the doctor who treats patients with rheumatic fever, the conference is of interest in demonstrating that there is no set dogmatic approach for every patient, but the over-all care must be flexible and adjusted to each "total patient." Teamwork, integration, and cooperation of the social, educational, emotional, and medical facts are all necessary

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