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June 26, 1937

The Diagnosis and Treatment of Arthritis

JAMA. 1937;108(26):2251. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780260079034

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The purpose of the author is to bring to the practicing physician a knowledge of the most approved methods in the diagnosis and treatment of arthritis. This reprint from the Oxford monographic series on Diagnosis and Treatment should have appeared as a separate monograph six or seven years ago and at present has not been adequately revised. The author discusses classification of rheumatic fever and various etiologic forms, such as gonococcic, suppurative, allergic, intermittent and traumatic arthritis. He divides acute arthritis into infectious, septic and noninfectious. The first group includes rheumatic fever. The second group includes gonococcic, pneumococcic, suppurative and other less common forms of acute bacterial infection of the joints. Under the third group, noninfectious, there are intermittent hydrarthrosis and allergic and traumatic arthritis. The author believes that there is no disease in the whole field of medicine in which purely symptomatic treatment leads to more barren results. He

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