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Books, Journals, New Media
April 27, 2005


Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; Journal Review Editor: Brenda L. Seago, MLS, MA, Medical College of Virginia Campus, Virginia Commonwealth University.

JAMA. 2005;293(16):2035-2039. doi:10.1001/jama.293.16.2035

Only approximately 50 years ago, rheumatology was a young specialty, covered by two major English-language textbooks, Hollander’s in the United States and Copeman’s in the United Kingdom, and a few shorter texts, such as those of Brugsch and of Mason and Barnes. Rheumatology was not recognized as a subspecialty of medicine in a number of countries, including several scientifically advanced ones in Europe. Rheumatoid factor and the LE-cell were the epitome of laboratory progress. Sympathetic listening was the chief armament of the clinician. (David Hawkins said, “Neurology is the diagnosis of untreatable disease, rheumatology the treatment of untreatable disease.”) Aspirin was the only drug for arthritis permitted at the Massachusetts General Hospital (with Walter Bauer’s dictum, if aspirin doesn’t work, give more of it). Spas flourished.

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