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November 12, 1949

INTRAVENOUS USE OF PROCAINE IN THE MANAGEMENT OF ARTHRITIS

JAMA. 1949;141(11):756-761. doi:10.1001/jama.1949.02910110008004
Abstract

Arthritis and rheumatic disorders are second on the list of the most commonly disabling afflictions.1 Not only does arthritis produce economic hardship by reason of its disabling characteristic, but the multitude of unsatisfactory therapies with which the physician attempts to treat this condition often results in a feeling of helplessness and even hopelessness on the part of the patient.2 Since to the patient relief of pain and spasm is of prime importance, to the physician the choice of a method of treatment which will produce satisfactory alleviation of pain is one of the first steps in the management of arthritis. It is the purpose of this report to present a method which has produced a sufficient number of satisfactory results in the relief of pain in arthritic conditions to warrant further application and investigation.

In several previous reports we have indicated the value of procaine hydrochloride administered intravenously

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