I have no desire to add to the already too voluminous nomenclature of nonsuppurative arthritis; but the combination of symptoms here described is so little known, the sufferings of the patients have been so great, the relief afforded by the proper recognition and treatment has been so striking, and the process has recurred so characteristically in a sufficient number of cases that I am impelled to put my observations on record as a composite clinical entity. The condition can best be illustrated by two typical histories:
—A practicing physician beyond the middle years of life was taken ill with a more or less generalized infection which characterized itself in skin and subcutaneous abscesses. Under appropriate treatment these infections all healed, but the patient had lost considerable in strength and weight. The induration and swellings were subsiding, when vague pains were experienced in his foot, knee and hip joints.
WALTER G. STERN. ACUTE, PAINFUL, ANKYLOSING ARTHRITIS. JAMA. 1928;91(17):1253–1256. doi:10.1001/jama.1928.02700170017006