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October 20, 1956

Ankylosing Spondylitis: Clinical Considerations, Roentgenology, Pathologic Anatomy, Treatment

JAMA. 1956;162(8):846. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970250146024

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The authors have recorded their experience with over 400 patients, and their conclusions agree with those of other clinicians. It is to their credit that they have not wasted the reader's time by delving into hypotheses as to etiology and pathogenesis, fields in which they claim no special qualifications. The book would be more acceptable if it were condensed and arranged in a more orderly fashion. Few readers will wish to read 375 pages on arthritis of the spine. The translation from French into English has been carefully done, and the ideas of the French authors appear clearly presented. In 1884, A. Strumpell described a disease that he considered unique in that there was progressive ascending ankylosis of the spine without involvement of the peripheral joints. This concept of ankylosing spondylitis is still favored by most American physicians. The present authors, however, consider ankylosing spondylitis a disease that involves the

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