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April 2, 1910

Arthritis Deformans: Comprising Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteo-Arthritis, and Spondylitis Deformans.

JAMA. 1910;LIV(14):1163. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.02550400049023

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This book is a most interesting and valuable contribution from the viewpoint of a former medical officer of the Royal Mineral Water Hospital of Bath, England, and comes very opportunely for consideration with the recent valuable work of Goldthwait, Painter and Osgood, and the still more recent paper by Nichols and Richardson in the Journal of Medical Research for September, 1909. The author says that his chief aim is to indicate and emphasize the essential distinctness of the two diseases, rheumatoid arthritis and osteo-arthritis. Special consideration has been given to the premonitory symptoms which characterize the period of invasion of rheumatoid arthritis, in the hope that it may assist in the early recognition of the affection so essential to its successful treatment. From the historical chapter one learns that there have been even more etiologic theories than names advanced for this disease or group of diseases; and with reason.


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