The appearance of arthritis and rheumatic fever in the armed forces has spurred further investigation and the development of special services for their treatment. The newer antibiotic substances have been carefully studied in attempts to prevent or relieve these diseases. Most of the papers appearing during the year are concerned with some special symptom or special type of treatment. In a general paper, Wright197 describes the importance of arthritis as a disabling disease. He states that it is ten times as common as tuberculosis or diabetes and seven times as common as cancer. In England chronic arthritis causes one sixth of the industrial disability and accounts for one tenth of the money for pensionable invalidity. He advocates the establishment of special clinics with trained personnel and proper facilities for physical therapy. He compares the problem to public health with that of tuberculosis.
A number of papers discuss possible etiologic
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