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May 31, 1941

Diagnosis and Treatment of Arthritis and Allied Disorders

JAMA. 1941;116(22):2554. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820220096034

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This book was written to indicate to the family physician the possibilities of preventing and treating arthritis and its allied disorders. The author emphasizes the purely clinical aspects of the treatment and simple office procedures. The introduction is well written. The illustrations of the constitutional basis on which atrophic arthritis is built, using the pyramid as an example, are instructive. The chapter on the pathologic changes is a little short. The author presents a fair and just account of the importance of focal infection in atrophic arthritis. In the illustration on head traction, the author has not shown the raising of the head of the bed. His discussions of the cervical rib and the scalenus anticus syndrome are well worth the time required to read them. One of the most valuable parts of the book is the author's fifteen section discussion of low back and sciatic pain. His choice of

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