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November 1944

PROGRESS IN ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY FOR 1943 A REVIEW PREPARED BY AN EDITORIAL BOARD OF THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ORTHOPAEDIC SURGEONSXIV. CHRONIC ARTHRITIS

Arch Surg. 1944;49(5):357-362. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1944.01230020366009
Abstract

General Considerations.  —Because of the war there have been fewer articles and possibly less original research work on arthritis reported in 1943 than in previous years. Nevertheless there are certain articles of interest. Burbank488 gives an interesting review of arthritis through the ages, stating that evidence of arthritis was present in the fossilized remains at the beginning of the reptilian age, when vertebrates started to inhabit the globe; the first skeletal proof of arthritic changes was found to date back to this period. He also draws attention to the fact that many of the great men of history had arthritis; among them were Julius Caesar, Alexander Farnese, Frederick the Great and others.Seltzer,489 a research fellow in physical anthropology at Harvard, reports on a series of almost 400 patients from the Robert Breck Brigham Hospital after careful anthropometric measurements. He decides that patients with rheumatoid arthritis are remarkably

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