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April 30, 1973

Section 2.—Organization of Attack on Rheumatic Disease

JAMA. 1973;224(Suppl_5):668-669. doi:10.1001/jama.1973.03220190008005

The organized campaign against rheumatic disease is conducted by professional societies, voluntary health organizations, and official governmental agencies. The parent professional organization, the International League against Rheumatism (La Ligue Internationale contre le Rhumatisme), was founded in 1928 and holds congresses every four years. The League has three subdivisions, the European League, the Pan-American League, and the South East Asia and Pacific Area League, which are made up of the national professional societies in each area.

The American Rheumatism Association (ARA) was founded in 1934 and is one of the 15 member societies of the Pan-American League. Its membership of more than 2,000 makes the ARA the largest professional rheumatism society in the world. The ARA conducts an extensive professional education program which includes yearly national scientific meetings, publication of the journal Arthritis and Rheumatism, and sponsorship of committees concerned with