March 1964

Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis.

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By A. W. Grokoest, A. I. Snyder, and R. Schlaeger. Price, $6.50. Pp 120. Little, Brown & Company, 34 Beacon St, Boston 02108, 1962.

Arch Intern Med. 1964;113(3):476-479. doi:10.1001/archinte.1964.00280090162044

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This is a retrospective and follow-up study of 110 patients with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis under observation in various clinics of the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, New York, for almost 30 years. The description of disease progress is based upon measurements made at two specific intervals—the first visit and the final follow-up examination conducted in 1956-1959. Information, available in the hospital record and upon personal interviews, was also obtained. In all instances, disease onset was before the age of 14. The average follow-up intervals was 9.3 years. Study of a properly matched group of control children was not feasible. In reviewing the ensuing material, we have chosen to emphasize the noteworthy features; in closing, we shall offer some constructive critical comments.

A direct, succinct, and generally lucid style characterizes this short monograph. The tables, charts, and illustrations are clear; the reproductions of x-rays are unusually fine. An interesting and well-written description of

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