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August 17, 1929


JAMA. 1929;93(7):556-557. doi:10.1001/jama.1929.02710070054016

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A National Campaign Against Rheumatism  A new association having for its object an organized campaign against rheumatic diseases has been inaugurated under the title of the National Association for Combating Rheumatism. At the first meeting, letters of approval were received from the chief medical officer of the ministry of health and from others. The crippling effect of rheumatic diseases on a large section of the community, and the important part played in producing sickness and suffering were emphasized. Those responsible for starting the campaign think that it is high time to make a concerted effort to deal with the problem in all its aspects. About one sixth of the total invalidity of the country can be charged to diseases commonly classed as "rheumatic"; they are responsible for the loss of three million weeks of labor and for the payment of about ten million dollars in sick benefit annually. At present

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