Rothschild provides very interesting paleopathologic evidence to suggest that Columbus did not suffer from rheumatoid arthritis.It should be noted, however, that controversy does exist in the recent scientific literature concerning the antiquity of rheumatoid arthritis in the Old World.1-3 I am, therefore, reluctant to totally exclude the possibility that rheumatoid arthritis was present in the populations of late 15th-century Europe and the West Indies.
Hoenig LJ. Relationship of Christopher Columbus to Spread of Rheumatoid Arthritis-Reply. Arch Intern Med. 1992;152(8):1730. doi:10.1001/archinte.1992.00400200152040