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July 4, 1953


JAMA. 1953;152(10):957. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.03690100075020

Congress on Rheumatic Diseases.  —The first Chilean Congress on Rheumatic Diseases was held in the Termas de Panimavida on Nov. 28-29, 1952. About 70 rheumatologists, internists, orthopedic surgeons, endocrinologists, neurosurgeons, neurologists, and psychiatrists were present, as well as the Minister of Health, Dr. Waldemar Coutts, and other medical administrative authorities.

Painful Shoulder.  —C. J. Meredith and C. Lackington discussed "Medical Aspects of Painful Shoulder," reporting 160 cases, with a critical review of the literature. They distinguished three forms: (a) secondary or surgical forms, such as that due to fracture, (b) a symptomatic form, which is present in many cases of rheumatoid arthritis and in some cases of gout and spondyloarthritis, and (c) idiopathic forms, representing 8.5% of all cases seen in an arthritis clinic. They stress the importance of metabolic changes that probably underlie the onset of the syndrome of a painful shoulder. These patients are particularly subject to fibrositis

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