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July 1952

SOME IDEAS ON THE NATURE OF RHEUMATIC FEVER: Presidential Address

Author Affiliations

CHICAGO
Chief-of-Staff and Director, Medical Service, La Rabida Jackson Park Sanitarium.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1952;84(1):1-4. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1952.02050010017001
Abstract

THE HONOR and distinction conferred by this Society in making one of its members its President each year places a heavy responsibility on that member. Appreciation alone would make one humble. When one reflects on those members who, in the past, have occupied this position, humility becomes a dominant feeling in assuming that responsibility, for the Society does represent pediatrics in this country both through the sixty and more years of its existence and at the present time. I am deeply grateful to you.

The story of rheumatic fever in the past sixty-five years as reflected in the records of the Society has been one of insignificant importance. Programs have contained papers from time to time on the subject, and many of its members have had a known interest in solving some of the problems. The quantity of presentation on the programs may have been no more than a reflection

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