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Medical News & Perspectives
March 21, 2001

Are Autoimmunologists in Many Women's Future?

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JAMA. 2001;285(11):1433-1434. doi:10.1001/jama.285.11.1433-JMN0321-3-1

San Francisco—Patients with autoimmune diseases—horror autotoxicus, as immunologist Paul Ehrlich collectively called the dozens of disorders in which the human immune system attacks itself—have for the century or so in which the disorder has been recognized sought help from a variety of physicians. Women, who comprise about 75% of those affected, have consulted neurologists to treat multiple sclerosis, dermatologists for scleroderma, rheumatologists for rheumatoid arthritis, endocrinologists for thyroiditis—the list goes on through some 80 or more autoimmune illnesses.