August 27, 1960


JAMA. 1960;173(17):1930-1931. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020350048014

The gouty parakeet, the polyarthritic lamb, the osteoarthritic bull, the pulmonary osteoarthropathic pooch, and the arthritic hog, were discussed in a symposium held several months ago in Bethesda, Md. on the comparative pathology of arthritis and rheumatism. Dr. Leon Sokoloff, Chief, Section on Rheumatic Diseases, Laboratory of Pathology and Histochemistry of the National Institute of Arthritis and Metabolic Diseases and Chairman of the symposium, gathered together an outstanding group of avian and mammalian pathologists to review the studies that might contribute to our understanding of joint disease in humans. Rudolf Virchow prophesied the importance of comparative pathology and urged that there be no dividing line between animal and human medicine. Late in the last century, Theobald Smith reemphasized the importance of veterinary pathology in contributing to the solution of the problems of clinical medicine. Sir Henry Dale, not more than a decade ago, affirmed that "The problems of pre-clinical education

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