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October 1, 1938

A Survey of Chronic Rheumatic Diseases Contributed by Contemporary Authorities in Commemoration of the Bicentenary of the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases, Bath, 1738-1938

JAMA. 1938;111(14):1321. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790400067031

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This volume is issued to commemorate the bicentenary of the founding of the Royal Mineral Water Hospital at Bath. Its aim is to survey the current knowledge of rheumatic diseases. In pursuit of this purpose, recognized students of rheumatism from many lands have contributed chapters on different aspects of these diseases. Following a brief foreword reviewing some of the history of the Royal Mineral Water Hospital and its contributions to the country, especially in time of war, the book opens with a scholarly chapter on the history of chronic rheumatism by Sir Humphry Rolleston. While of necessity the discussion touches only the high spots, it serves as an excellent introduction to the subject. The French "concept of 'arthritisme'" is contributed in a chapter by Bezançon and Weil; a chapter on the osteo-arthritic syndrome by Polak of Paris is included. Professor Kahlmeter of Stockholm contributes an excellent chapter on the sedimentation

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