It was not until the year 1887 that the disease polymyositis was accurately described. In that year Unverricht,1 Hepp,2 and E. Wagner3 described cases which have since served as examples of the severe type of this disease. Many physicians have been slow to accept the fact that inflammation of muscles may occur diffusely over the body and constitute a distinct disease, it being long held that muscle became inflamed only from local causes. The recent accumulation of cases, though not great in number, in which general swelling and tenderness of the muscles was the prominent symptom leaves little room for doubt that they form types of a particular constitutional disease. For some years the severe form of the disease alone was recognized, but more recently attention has been called to milder types which heretofore have probably escaped notice by being designated as rheumatism, synovitis, etc. While this
BURLEY BT. SUBACUTE POLYMYOSITIS. WITH A REPORT OF THREE CASES. JAMA. 1908;L(3):177–183. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.25310290013002b
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