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January 17, 1942

Arthritis in Modern Practice: The Diagnosis and Management of Rheumatic and Allied Conditions

JAMA. 1942;118(3):260. doi:10.1001/jama.1942.02830030078034

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This most recent of the monographs on arthritis is designed to embody in concise and practical form the commonly accepted diagnostic and therapeutic measures which are proving useful for arthritis but which are too new to have found a place in the textbooks. A good deal of judgment in employing any of them, as the author himself points out, is necessary, and, in the main, Dr. Steinbrocker has chosen well. Nevertheless, some procedures of a highly questionable nature have crept in, such as the recommendation for high colonic irrigation every two to four weeks. The chapter on local and regional analgesic injections is especially interesting. It is probable that the author goes further in his belief in the usefulness of such measures than do most workers in the field, but it is certainly a subject which deserves careful investigation. Analgesic injections are not without risk, however, and should be indulged

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