When was infective endocarditis (IE) first identified and described?

Updated: Jan 03, 2019
  • Author: John L Brusch, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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The history of IE can be divided into several eras. In 1674, Lazaire Riviere first described the gross autopsy findings of the disease in his monumental work Opera medica universa. In 1885, William Osler presented the first comprehensive description of endocarditis in English. Lerner and Weinstein presented a thorough discussion of this disease in modern times in their landmark series of articles, “Infective Endocarditis in the Antibiotic Era,” published in 1966 in the New England Journal of Medicine. [6, 7, 8]


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