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October 1935

RHEUMATIC CARDIAC DISEASE IN CHILDHOODA STATISTICAL STUDY

Am J Dis Child. 1935;50(4):840-852. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1935.01970100016002
Abstract

In the last two decades a great deal has been written regarding the incidence, early diagnosis and extent of cardiac disease associated with rheumatic infection in childhood.

My purpose in this paper is to present a statistical study of the incidence of cardiac disease in a group of children with rheumatic infection admitted to the Children's Cardiac Clinic of the Kings County Hospital. The cases were analyzed from the point of view of valvular disease and impairment of cardiac function. The approach was made from three angles: (1) clinical studies, (2) roentgen and electrocardiographic studies and (3) prognosis.

SOURCE OF MATERIAL AND METHODS  During the period from October 1931 to October 1934, 222 children between the ages of 1 and 15 years were admitted to the Children's Cardiac Clinic of the Kings County Hospital. These children were referred to the clinic from three sources (table 1): (1) school physicians who

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