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I thought it might be of some interest to call the attention of this Section of our Association to a form of rheumatism which has frequently come under my observation during the last twenty years, and which has not been fully, I think, recognized as a distinctive form of that disease by the profession. I have had some twenty cases of this form of rheumatism during the above mentioned period.
Not to take up the time of the Section, I will only describe two or three typical cases to illustrate the few remarks I have to make. This form of rheumatism apparently arises wholly from the moderate but continuous use of fermented and distilled liquors and has been aptly termed alcoholic rheumatism.
I think too many of us in our daily rounds in the treatment of the more common forms of diseases, are too apt, for want of time or
QUIMBY IN. FATALITY OF SURGICAL OPERATIONS IN ALCOHOLISM.. JAMA. 1895;XXV(13):519-521. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430390005001b