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December 8, 1951


JAMA. 1951;147(15):1467. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670320067024

International Medicosurgical Meetings.  —A conference on rheumatism was held in association with the international medicosurgical meetings of Turin, in Acqui, a center of studies of rheumatology for many years. Numerous Italian and foreign specialists attended the meetings (chairman, Prof. Robecchi).

Nonarticular Rheumatism and Syndrome Due to Fluid Retention.  —The report on this subject was presented by Prof. W. S. C. Copeman of London. This obscure painful syndrome is generally called nonarticular rheumatism. Recently some authors have preferred to use the word fibrositis, but this term is being abandoned since it suggests that the condition is always fibrotic in nature, whereas spasm of the muscle fibers and psychogenic rheumatism have also been considered as causes of the condition. Thus, recent electromyographic studies indicate that certain soft, palpable nodules represent the objective manifestation of spasm of muscle fibers. Presumably this condition results from the irritation of the posterior nerve roots by small

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