One of the commonest affections that the physician has to treat is called “rheumatism” by the non-medical and by probably the majority of physicians alike, as the symptoms consist of pains and aches, sometimes rather vague, but often acute and definitely located in or around the joints. Not infrequently a distinct amount of disability goes with the affection; the ordinary use of an arm or a leg is uncomfortable or impossible. The cases occur in all forms and the patients are of all ages, though the condition develops much more commonly beyond middle life than in the earlier years.
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