The impetus initiating this monograph was derived from a realization that rheumatic heart disease is an enormous public health problem. The authors are members of the department of clinical medicine of the University of Chile, and it was published under the auspices of the Direccion General de Sanidad y El Departmento Central de Madre y Nino.
The monograph is written principally for practitioners of medicine in Chile, particularly for those in the remote provinces. It is an orderly discussion of rheumatic heart disease, starting with its social significance and relating the etiology, the pathology, the clinical aspects, the laboratory data and the treatment of the disease.
In preparing their discussion the authors have reviewed and briefed most of the recent publications on the subject. Their main sources have been from the United States of America and Great Britain, though some are from Germany, France and South America. In all, they