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The author's purpose in writing this book is to "tell the story of arthritis, and the story behind the story"—to tell what was done in advancing knowledge concerning the rheumatic diseases and to explain what these developments mean to the victims of arthritis and rheumatism. The book is written for the layman, the victim or the potential victim of rheumatism. Among the author's objectives are: (1) to give the rheumatoid arthritic patient hope and encouragement, which is provided by the development of cortisone and corticotropin, (2) to teach the sufferer from rheumatism to know more about this group of diseases in order to be better able to manage his problem, and (3) to eliminate superstition and unwarranted use of worthless nostrums. The subject matter, which ordinarily holds little interest for the layman, is so cleverly treated that the reader is kept keenly interested.
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Arthritis: What You Can Do About It. JAMA. 1952;149(2):209–210. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930190111044
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