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Thyroid function tests and hypothyroidism

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7384.295 (Published 08 February 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:295

Streptococci induce Rheumatism and Thyroiditis

Dear Sir,

the connections between acute respiratory infections,
acute rheumatic fever and hyperthyreoidism were first described by v.
Basedow, 28. March 1840.

The connections between acute respiratory infections,
acute rheumatic fever and diabetes mellitus were first
described by Ebstein, 1876.

And Veil again focussed these lines of evidence to
the central point: Induction by streptococcal infection.

We only have to look into the old books to find the new things.

W. H. Veil: Der Rheumatismus und die streptomykotische Symbiose.
Enke, Stuttgart, 1939.

All the best to You

Yours
Friedrich Flachsbart

Competing interests:  
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Competing interests: No competing interests

21 March 2003
Friedrich Flachsbart
General medicine
37085 Göttingen