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January 7, 1888


JAMA. 1888;X(1):15-16. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400270031003

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Nervous Origin of Rheumatoid Arthritis.  — At the meeting of the Royal Medical and Chirurgical Society, on November 22, Dr. Archibald E. Garrod read a paper on this subject, of which the following is an abstract: Some of the arguments which have been put forward in support of the view that rheumatoid arthritis is a disease of nervous origin, are examined in the light of a large number of cases. The statistics given are based upon a series of 500 cases. Arguments are adduced in support of the following propositions: 1. That the causes of rheumatoid arthritis are such as might be expected to act upon the central nervous system. 2. That the distribution of the lesions is such as would be likely to result from nervous lesions. 3. That the distribution of the lesions is similar to that of certain arthropathies of spinal origin. The influence of heredity is

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