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July 21, 1945

THE USE AND ABUSE OF GOLD THERAPY IN RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS

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PHILADELPHIA

From the Arthritis Clinic of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

JAMA. 1945;128(12):848-851. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860290010003
Abstract

Unfortunately, some physicians employ gold salts in any type of arthritis; a few begin gold therapy at the first complaint of joint pain. Workers experienced in the care of rheumatic patients agree that gold is of no value in any type of joint disease except rheumatoid arthritis; some have not observed pronounced improvement even in the latter disease. Because of this indiscriminate, frequent abuse of gold salts in many forms of joint disease, the known facts concerning gold therapy in rheumatoid arthritis are discussed here briefly.

There are several important facts concerning gold therapy in arthritis:

  1. Gold is of no value in any form of joint disease except rheumatoid arthritis.

  2. Gold does not benefit all patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

  3. Gold is not the final answer to the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.

  4. Toxic symptoms may appear at any time during this form of therapy.

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