Rheumatic Fever in Idaho: A Preliminary Estimation of Its Incidence and Prevalence with a Suggested Plan for a More Detailed Study : a Comprehensive Report Submitted in Partial Fulfillment ... Master of Public Health ...

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University of Michigan, 1945 - Rheumatic fever - 162 pages
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In 1943 I spent approx nine months at Farragut Naval Training base in Idaho. My father had been drafted into the Navy and was an instructor at the base. My Mother and I were dependents, living in the base housing. I was 10 years old and liked to roam the base and the woods around the base. My Father was given a medical discharge, the reason I wasn't privy to. While living in Missoula, Montana, at about age 11-12, I was hospitalized for Rheumatic Fever. My Mother was already in the hospital undergoing treatment for Rheumatic Fever. She continued to suffer from arthritic complications until she died around age 60. The arthritis was so severe it caused hand and neck bone deformation, and she had re-occuring strokes to the extent I feel it was the arthritis that finally killed her.
In my case when I was 19, I was accepted in the military with an apparent clean bill of health. It wasn't until my first heart attack in 1988 that my doctors said I had an irregular heart beat, and they couldn't say how long I had it. During that attack, my heart stopped and I needed a temporary pace maker to keep it going until they performed a multiple angioplasty. With arthritic and heart problems on and on, I finally went through a four way bypass in 1997. Approximately 2005 I received a two lead pace maker, I had a condition known as atrial fibillration. That nor medicine helped but due to the fact I noticed no other problems, except joint pains, a three lead pace maker was installed to replace the two lead. This dramatically helped my heart and ambition, but did not help the arthritic conditions that are getting to be more of a problem.
It is interesting to note, the Farragut area was considered "Bad Medicine" by the Kalyuspel Indians of the area. The Latest November 2012 PBS Farragut TV special indicated 1200-1800 people on the base died (?) of Rheumatic Fever? Equally interesting is the fact that they tore down all the buildings at Farragut and abandoned it as a permanent installation after the war ended in 1946?
 

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