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May 30, 1936


JAMA. 1936;106(22):1900. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770220036013

The authors1 of the second American review on the present status of knowledge of rheumatism and arthritis, prepared at the request of the American Committee for the Control of Rheumatism, point out that "rheumatism" was not considered to be a problem until, about twenty years ago, research in the field disclosed that a problem existed. Certainly it presents a social and economic problem as well as a medical one. Rheumatism, judging its incidence from the proportion of the population that actually complains of its symptoms, is twelve times as prevalent as cancer and one fortieth as fatal. The morbidity is 10 per cent among all persons who have passed the age of 40 years. The disease is more frequent among outdoor than among indoor workers, more prevalent in rural than in urban communities and twice as frequent among the poor as among the well-to-do. Yet it is possible that

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