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February 14, 1903


JAMA. 1903;XL(7):451. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490070037004

Probably nothing did more to remove some of the mystery and the opprobrium of ignorance that attach to many so-called rheumatic affections than the acceptance of the doctrine of a disease bearing certain relations to gout and rheumatism, but absolutely distinct from either. To this, at first, for want of a better, the name rheumatic gout was given. Later the terms rheumatoid arthritis and arthritis deformans came into use, the luxuriance of nomenclature, as in so many other cases, bearing a direct ratio to our lack of knowledge of the affection. Much of the progress with regard to this disease is due to English clinicians for special observations of the greatest practical value. It is of more than ordinary interest, then, to find that a number of the English authorities on this class of diseases are now pretty well agreed that under the name arthritis deformans at least two and

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