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March 29, 1930


JAMA. 1930;94(13):1004-1006. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02710390102015

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Clinic for the Treatment of Rheumatism  According to the ministry of health, nearly one sixth of the industrial invalidity of this country is due to diseases classed as rheumatic. Each year these diseases cost nearly $10,000,000 in sick benefits, and more than 3,000,000 weeks of work are lost annually to insured workers. Only recently has it been recognized that chronic rheumatism is an economic question of the first magnitude. When it was recognized that modern methods, especially the physical ones (baths, electricity, heat, massage) gave good results in what was considered a more or less incurable condition, that these methods were being successfully used in our spas and to a more limited extent in hospitals and that continental countries were in advance of us in the organization of clinics for sufferers from rheumatism, a great impulse was given. The British Committee on Rheumatism proposed to the British Red Cross Society

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