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October 9, 1937

Foreign Letters

JAMA. 1937;109(15):1209-1214. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780410047015

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Abstract

LONDON  (From Our Regular Correspondent)Sept. 11, 1937.

Menopausal Arthritis  The existence of menopausal arthritis is not generally recognized. But in a presidential address to the Yorkshire Branch of the British Medical Association, Dr. Geoffrey Holmes declares that through twenty years of spa practice he has become familiar with it and he has been selected by the editor of the British Encyclopaedia of Practical Medicine, Sir Humphry Rolleston, to write the article on this subject. Dr. Collins, rheumatism research fellow of Leeds University, informed Holmes that in a four months tour of the principal rheumatism clinics in America last year he never heard menopausal arthritis mentioned. Dr. Holmes limits the term "menopausal arthritis" to arthritis beginning within the five or six years preceding or following the cessation of menstruation. The onset is insidious, at first there is little inconvenience, and medical advice is not sought until the occurrence of a

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