Last year it was my privilege to address this Section on the subject of the pathology of joint tuberculosis, and I made the statement that until the pathologist should lay down an exact pathology of the disease, it would be futile to expect its rational treatment. The same may be said of all chronic joint diseases. The multiplicity of names and of classifications makes their study extremely difficult, and in the end we shall probably be obliged to discard much that has been put forward.
Take the name "arthritis deformans," for instance—a hybrid term signifying a deforming inflammation of a joint. Any joint inflammation, acute or chronic, may be deforming. Tuberculosis would certainly fall under this head. The term is an unfortunate one, inexact, meaningless and confusing. It adopts for the designation of a special class of disease a symptom common to many diseases not intended for inclusion
ELY LW. THE PATHOLOGY AND CLASSIFICATION OF CHRONIC JOINT DISEASE. JAMA. 1912;LIX(7):511–513. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270080193006
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