In this book the authors provide the background and lay the foundation for further studies in rheumatoid arthritis. All phases of this disease are covered in detail. Rheumatoid arthritis is firmly established as a systemic disease, even though conspicuously manifested by joint involvement. The 293 patients selected for study met the rigid diagnostic criteria for this disease. A corresponding group of 293 patients without joint disease constituted the control group. Factors such as sex, age, national origin, and family history are discussed in their relationship to this disease. The prodromal symptoms, precipitating factors, joints first involved, and other clinical aspects are thoroughly described. Some laboratory procedures are discussed. The book contains many excellent tables and graphs. The bibliography is extensive and all references are documented. The type is large and clear and makes for easy reading. The clinical observations are carefully analyzed. The authors' lucid style aids in the achievement
Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Definition of the Disease and a Clinical Description Based on a Numerical Study of 293 Patients and Controls. JAMA. 1957;165(15):2028. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980330130030
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