National Geographic : 1927 Mar
"Runs in the Family" © lt27 M.L .I.C . "How's the rheumatiz today, Joe?" "Pretty bad-but got to expect it-runs in the family." "Mine, too. Father had it before me." T OR centuries all sorts of pains and aches have been charged to rheumatism. Author ities now agree that the term "rheumatism" should be discarded and that "rheumatic diseases" should be separated into two main divisions. In the first and more important division is placed Acute Rheumatic Fever. In the second Chronic Arthritis. Acute Rheumatic Fever is an infectious disease caused by a germ which can be passed from person to person as the germs of other diseases are transferred. Most attacks come between the ages of five and fifteen. Rheumatic fever is the greatest known menace among to the health of the heart, and heart disease of both causes more deaths every year in the United total "si States than any other disease. "rheum. of loss o In a study lasting more than a year and cover- from rh, ing 571,000 workers of both sexes and all ages, the child the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company learned that of all the diseases causing loss of Send fo time from work "rheumatic diseases" head the It will b list. saving y sufferin A survey conducted in England showed that Publish The danger from acute rheumatic fever is that the germs may attack the heart. A noted physician reports that not less than 40% of the persons who suffer from rheumatic fever develop chronic heart disease. Eight out of ten cases of heart disease in childhood are the result of rheumatic infection. The germ of acute rheumaticfever probably enters the body through the mouth or nose and may pass through diseased tonsils, infected sinuses or teeth direct into the blood, and so to the heart. Children often have rheumatic infection which passes unrecognized. St. Vitus' Dance is one indication. "Growing pains" another. Frequent attacks of tonsilitis may be a source of rheumatic infection. Protect your children. Have their throats, noses and mouths examined twice a year so that any possible condition which threatens acute rheumatic fever may be corrected. While acute rheumatic fever is caused only by a germ, chronic arthritis may come from injury to a joint, faulty posture, improper diet, the poisons from infectious diseases, germs from diseased tonsils, teeth, gall bladder, appendix or intestines. Unless effective measures are taken to check the disease, chronic arthritis may progress to a state in which the victim is crippled and |/ deformed. At the first signs of arthritis-stiff neck, lumbago, stiff ness or creaking of the joints have an expert search for the source " of the trouble. 91,000 working people of all ages and i sexes, no less than one-sixth of the ck absences" during a year was due to atic diseases". And this was exclusive of time due to heart disease developing eumatic fever that had occurred during [hood or youth of these workers. r our booklet "Rheumatic Diseases". ,,i .. e mailed free and may be the means of ' you and your family much unnecessary LEY SKE, President. HALEY FISKE, President. hed by METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY-NEW YORK Biggest in theWorld, More Assets, More Policyholders, More Insurance inforce, More new Insurance eachyear "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you."