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CHAPTER II. THE CONNECTION OF RHEUMATISM WITH CHOREA. Analysis of
177 cases of chorea?Comparison with other statistics?Conclusions in
reference to rheumatic connection, (i) from statistics, (2) from
general considerations. In Appendix B will be found two series of
cases of chorea, the one consisting of 132 examples furnished by
the Hospital for Sick Children, the other of 45 furnished by the
Westminster Hospital. The question of the rheumatic origin and
associations of chorea was made a special object of inquiry in the
first series, where the cases are taken consecutively, with no sort
of selection, and where, moreover, the entries are not mine, but
those of successive Medical Registrars at the Hospital for Sick
Children during the five years over which the record extends. For
these reasons, although the two series tell substantially the same
tale, I would direct the reader's attention more especially to the
first and larger series. It will be seen, at the place just
referred to, that the 132 cases are arranged in three consecutive
sets of 51, 49, and 32 respectively; and, although there is no real
break between one series and the next, it may give the clearest
impression of the question at issue if the facts in regard to
rheumatism are stated separately foi; each of the three. It appears
thus, that, of the 51 cases (14 boys and 37 girls), acute
rheumatism was in the history of only.i, and rheumatism in the
history of only 6?doubtfully as regards 3, if not 4, of these; in 3
the facts could not be ascertained. Of the second series of 49
cases (13 boys and 36 girls), 4 had had acute rheumatism (i of
themshortly before the choreic attack); 6 had probably had
rheumatism; 2 were doubtful; and in i the facts were not known. Of
the third series of 32 cases (6 boys and 26 gir...
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