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December 26, 1959


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Hadassah University Hospital Jerusalem, Israel.

JAMA. 1959;171(17):2355. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010350077020

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To the Editor:—  In The Journal, Aug. 22, page 2131, Drs. Priest and Nixon refer to the editorial in the June 6 issue, page 678, on familial periodic disease, proposing for it the name "familial recurrent polyserositis." Our experience with this disease dates back to 1946, when we reported two cases to the Jerusalem branch of the Israel Medical Association. Since then we have studied more than 50 cases. In view of the fact that the fundamental feature of the disease is a recurrent inflammation of the serous membranes, we called it "recurrent polyserositis," which is in agreement with the suggestion of Drs. Priest and Nixon. An objection might be made to the addition of the adjective "familial." It is true that familial occurrence is not infrequent, but it varies widely in different reported series and is not necessarily an integral feature of the disease. In most of the patients

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