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This book deals in the main with treatment of various rheumatic diseases by means of substances or agents which produce skin irritation or hyperemia. A great deal of space is devoted to the history and early use of such modalities. The author separates the various disorders of a rheumatic nature into the commonly accepted nomenclature in this country, namely he differentiates arthritis, perineuritis and fibrositis from the general term rheumatoid arthritis. He calls attention to the subcutaneous fibrotic nodules which make palpation important in the diagnosis and to the various phases and symptoms of these entities. Skin irritation in the treatment of rheumatic disease is divided into mechanical, chemical and physical methods. Some space is devoted to the early history and use of mechanical counterirritants, namely superficial laceration and production of hyperemia by means of suction cups. Under irritation by chemicals are given injections of bee venom, extract of ant
Rheuma und Hautreiz: Leitgedanken für den Praktiker über das Rheumatische in seiner Beziehung zum wesen örtlicher Heilreize. JAMA. 1938;111(6):563–564. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790320075040
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