National Geographic : 1945 May
"ok wh4t the doctor ordered for my Rheumratc Fever !" That may seem like peculiar medicine piled up on Jimmy's bed. But those books and games and crayons have been carefully selected to keep him con tentedly occupied, until all signs of the dis ease have cleared up. He still faces long weeks in bed. Bed rest is a tough assignment for any youngster who no longer feels sick, and wants to be up and at play. But if rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease are to be fought successfully, it is the best medicine he can get. Doctors think it is the treatment that will do most to lessen the menace of rheumatic fever-the cause of more deaths among chil dren of school age than any other disease! Rheumatic fever in its early stages is very difficult to recognize-all the more reason why parents should be alert to its telltale symptoms. The most striking is pain and swelling in joints and muscles. The pain often travels from joint to joint and is frequently preceded by a sore throat or tonsillitis. Other signs such as continued loss of weight or appetite, or fleeting muscular aches, call for a medical checkup. They may or may not mean rheumatic fever. Unfortunately the disease has a tendency to recur, so it is vitally important that the first attack be recognized and treated promptly. Generally the sufferer must stay in bed under a doctor's care until all signs, including laboratory tests, show that the inflammation has disappeared. Equally important, thereafter, he should be protected as far as possible from contact with people who have colds, since recurrence often appears to be brought on by mild ill nesses like grippe, sore throat, and respira tory trouble. Three quarters of those attacked by rheu matic fever are between the ages of 5 and 30 - and of these, most are between 10 and 15. Send for Metropolitan's free booklet, 55N, "Rheumatic Fever." COPYRIGHT 1945-METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCECO. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (A MUTUAL COMPANY) Frederick H. Ecker, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD A Leroy A. Lincoln, PRESIDENT 1 MADISON AVENUE, NEW YORK 10, N.Y.