Osteoarthritis of the spine, a subacute or chronic progressive ankylosing disease affecting the vertebral column, to which attention was particularly directed by a paper published by von Bechterew in 1893, has, in more recent years, been the subject of much discussion and investigation by German, French and American physicians, and it is to be hoped that the healthy interest now aroused will do something toward answering the several mooted questions as to the etiology, pathology and diagnosis of the disease. Our purpose in this paper will be to give a brief description of this disease, as understood by us in the light of recent literature, and by the clinical study of five cases which have come under our observation.
A considerable number of cases have been reported in the literature, and it now seems probable that the disease is not so rare as formerly believed, although it is very likely
DILLER T, WRIGHT GJ. SPONDYLITIS DEFORMANS: WITH CLINICAL REPORTS OF FIVE CASES.. JAMA. 1908;L(22):1768–1773. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.25310480006001b
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