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November 4, 1933

Rheumatismus und Grenzgebiete.

JAMA. 1933;101(19):1505. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740440065034

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This is one of a series of small books published, apparently, especially for general practitioners. The author covers not only diseases of the joints but also diseases of the epiphysis, as Perthes', Köhler's and Kienböck's diseases. Included in the joint diseases, in addition to rheumatism, are discussions of tuberculous and syphilitic lesions involving the articulations. Ten pages is devoted to a discussion of gout. In the first thirty-six pages the author discusses the means employed in diagnosing joint diseases. He emphasizes the importance of the history and describes the method of conducting the physical examination and the value of various serologic and immunologic tests and the interpretation of roentgenograms. His classification of rheumatism is rather confusing, owing largely to the nomenclature. Unfortunately, in the nomenclature recommended by the International League for the Study of Rheumatism the term "arthritis deformans" in the German classification is synonymous with "osteo-arthritis," while in the

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